Month: January 2020 (page 1 of 2)

DNA Happy Hour 🍸, Survey Reminder ✅, NGA Public Viewing 🌎

DNA Happy Hour in Bootleggin’ BBQ

Join us this evening, Thursday, January 30th at 5:30 PM, for our next Downtown Neighborhood Association Happy Hour at Bootleggin’ BBQ at 1933 Washington Ave (on the corner of 20th & Washington).

Metered & street parking is available. Bring your neighbors and let’s both support and enjoy our downtown businesses.


Tell us what you think!

DNA is sending surveys to membership after general/annual meetings and for special events or issues. This one takes about 5 minutes and is anonymous.

Topic: January 2020 Town Hall Agenda

Deadline for responses is Sunday February 2, 2020 (before the next board meeting).

 


Please see the message, below, from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency regarding a free public viewing of the Next NGA West renderings.


Hello, neighbors—

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Next NGA West (N2W) office will host a public viewing of the latest concept renderings showing the future facility in north St. Louis at the Griot Museum of Black History, 2505 St. Louis Ave., on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The viewing will take place from 4-7 p.m.

The new NGA campus will be located at the corner of Jefferson and Cass avenues. Renderings will include both aerial and street-level views of the new facility as well as the fence. Members of the N2W team will be available to answer questions.

No registration is necessary. The event is free and open to the public. Renderings will be made available on NextNGAWest.com following the event.

DSI Futurist Talk 🔮, DNA Happy Hour 🍸, Committee Meetings 🏢

This Evening @ 6:00PM,
St. Louis Central Library – Auditorium

Please see the message, below, from Downtown St. Louis, Inc (DSI)’s Design Downtown STL initiative regarding a free talk by Futurist Anthony Townsend.


Dear Downtown Neighborhood Association Member:

I want to invite you to learn about the future trends shaping cities like St. Louis at a public event with futurist and author of Smart Cities, Anthony Townsend. Townsend will discuss the key technological and economic trends shaping our cities and how Downtown St. Louis can grow smarter and stay ahead of the curve over the next 10-50 years.

The event, titled “Why Cities Are Amazing And How Technology Makes Them Work,” is hosted by Design Downtown STL, a comprehensive planning process for the coming decade in Downtown.

It will take place from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, in the Auditorium of the Central Library Downtown (1301 Olive Street).

In his presentation, Townsend will focus on topics that will drive the future of cities and downtowns, including retail, housing, leisure, work, mobility, and demographics. He will take a critical look at the readiness of Downtown St. Louis’ innovation ecosystem, draw out insights on how global trends affect the Design Downtown STL plan, and discuss some specific actions or decisions that can be made to address key issues or hedge against risks.

While the event is free and open to the public, in order to gauge turnout, we ask that you register using this Eventbrite link (or click the button below).

I hope you can attend this unique opportunity to hear about the future of Downtown St. Louis from one of the foremost experts on where cities are headed in the years to come.


DNA Happy Hour in Bootleggin’ BBQ

Join us on Thursday, January 30th at 5:30 PM for our next Downtown Neighborhood Association Happy Hour at Bootleggin’ BBQ at 1933 Washington Ave (on the corner of 20th & Washington).

Metered & street parking is available. Bring your neighbors and let’s both support and enjoy our downtown businesses.


  • Safety Committee | Jan 29th @ 6pm
    Lucas Park Grille
  • Building Captains | Jan 29th @ 7:15pm
    Lucas Park Grille

There’s still time to submit your name idea!

The Chouteau Greenway project seeks to connect Forest Park to the Gateway Arch through a series of carefully constructed pathaways. It plans to bring together neighborhoods to the north and south and will stretch north, south, east, and west in an attempt to break through real and perceived barriers in the city.

Folks have said that the name “Chouteau Greenway” is hard to say and spell, and that it isn’t meaningful to everyone. The greenway needs a new name that reflects the changes needed and opportunities that are abound for St. Louisans.

To submit your name idea, click the button below to fill out the form, or text the word “NAME” to 77222, by January 31st.

DNA 2020 OFFICIAL Election Results

DNA Election – Official Results Are In!

On January 13th, the St. Louis Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) held its latest board election for the 2020 year.

The official ballot results presented by the election committee are as follow:

Total ballots submitted: 26

  1. Alexander Hurst: 25 votes
  2. LaShana Lewis: 24 votes
  3. Jace Brotherton: 22 votes
  4. Howard Wynder: 22 votes

Official ballot results will also be emailed to DNA membership.

Congrats, again, to our newly elected board members! They’ll join with continuing board members Melanie Fries, James Page, and Dan Pistor.

DNA 2020 Election Results ✅, Rename the Greenway🌳, & DSI Futurist Talk 🔮

DNA Election – (Preliminary) Results Are In!

On January 13th, the St. Louis Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) held its latest board election for the 2020 year.

Preliminary results were presented as follow (in order, starting with most votes):

  1. Alexander Hurst
  2. LaShana Lewis
  3. Tie: Jace Brotherton & Howard Wynder

Official election results will be posted and available on the DNA website.

Congrats to our newly elected board members! They’ll join with continuing board members Melanie Fries, James Page, and Dan Pistor.


Please see the message, below, from Downtown St. Louis, Inc (DSI)’s Design Downtown STL initiative regarding a free talk by Futurist Anthony Townsend.

Dear Downtown Neighborhood Association Member:

I want to invite you to learn about the future trends shaping cities like St. Louis at a public event with futurist and author of Smart Cities, Anthony Townsend. Townsend will discuss the key technological and economic trends shaping our cities and how Downtown St. Louis can grow smarter and stay ahead of the curve over the next 10-50 years.

The event, titled “Why Cities Are Amazing And How Technology Makes Them Work,” is hosted by Design Downtown STL, a comprehensive planning process for the coming decade in Downtown.

It will take place from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, in the Auditorium of the Central Library Downtown (1301 Olive Street).

In his presentation, Townsend will focus on topics that will drive the future of cities and downtowns, including retail, housing, leisure, work, mobility, and demographics. He will take a critical look at the readiness of Downtown St. Louis’ innovation ecosystem, draw out insights on how global trends affect the Design Downtown STL plan, and discuss some specific actions or decisions that can be made to address key issues or hedge against risks.

While the event is free and open to the public, in order to gauge turnout, we ask that you register using this Eventbrite link (or click the button below).

I hope you can attend this unique opportunity to hear about the future of Downtown St. Louis from one of the foremost experts on where cities are headed in the years to come.


The Chouteau Greenway project seeks to connect Forest Park to the Gateway Arch through a series of carefully constructed pathaways. It plans to bring together neighborhoods to the north and south and will stretch north, south, east, and west in an attempt to break through real and perceived barriers in the city.

Folks have said that the name “Chouteau Greenway” is hard to say and spell, and that it isn’t meaningful to everyone. The greenway needs a new name that reflects the changes needed and opportunities that are abound for St. Louisans.

To submit your name idea, click the button below to fill out the form, or text the word “NAME” to 77222, by January 31st.

UPDATE: DNA January Town Hall Annual Meeting – Bylaws & Board Vote

Update – DNA Bylaw Amendments

In light of recent developments, the DNA Board has decided to delay a bylaws amendment vote for a future meeting. However, information about the amendments will still be presented during the January 13, 2020 Town Hall (Annual Meeting).

Below is a quick synopsis of those modifications, which will be submitted for membership approval at a future Town Hall or Special Meeting.

Summary of Amendment to Bylaws:

  • Distinguishes between “General” (voting) members and “Associate” (non-voting) members.
  • Specifies the federal regulations by which a small business / entity member will be defined.
  • Removes prohibition on multiple entity members having the same registered agent address and replaces it with a prohibition on multiple entities under common control being granted membership.
  • Permits the board to develop new classes of membership (e.g., group membership based on familial status) at its discretion.
  • Clarifies that nothing in the bylaws will prohibit the board from electing to send a remote written ballot to members in lieu of a vote taken at a meeting of the members, as permitted by Missouri statute.
  • Reduces the minimum membership tenure before running for the board from two years to one year and allows the board to temporarily suspend this requirement in the event that an insufficient number of qualifying candidates run for election to the board.
  • Specifies the duties of the Executive Director.
  • Updates DNA’s policy on nondiscrimination.
  • Adds standard provisions for officer and director resignation, indemnification, and insurance.

Note: This summary does not change the terms of the bylaws amendment and is only being provided as a convenience. Neither this written summary nor any other explanation of the bylaws amendment that may be presented to the members is a substitute for complete review and understanding of the proposed amendment.

Full views of the bylaw amendments being presented at the January 2020 Annual Meeting are available at the following links:

The most current approved bylaws may be found on the DNA website at: http://www.saintlouisdna.org/bylaws/


   Alexander Hurst Photo

 LaShana Lewis Photo  DNA Logo

We asked our DNA Board Nominees to answer three questions regarding their interest for being on the board. See below for their responses.

 


Jace Brotherton

Why do you want to run for a seat on the DNA Board of Directors?
I have gotten involved volunteering with DNA and have built solid relationships with current board members. Most importantly, I’m very passionate about helping the Downtown community grow.

What strengths and assets would you bring to the DNA Board of Directors?
Experience with helping grow other nonprofits, good relationships with other downtown residents and business owners, board member of Lucas Lofts, finance and funding (treasurer experience), real estate, and legal.

What upcoming opportunities for DNA excite you the most?
I believe the future of downtown is extremely bright and we have an opportunity to have a voice in some of the developments.

 


Alexander Hurst

Why do you want to run for a seat on the DNA Board of Directors?
I am deeply invested in downtown St. Louis as a neighborhood and community where I live and work and want to continue to lend my experience and expertise to DNA to help ensure that DNA fulfills its potential as steward of progress for our neighborhood that is truly representative of its diverse stakeholders.

What strengths and assets would you bring to the DNA Board of Directors?
I am a licensed attorney and an MBA with non-profit board experience both within DNA (I have served for the last year on the DNA board of directors) and elsewhere and have experience serving as corporate secretary for a for-profit corporation. In addition to bringing legal expertise with me that colors my opinion as a director, I also have a broad-based background in managing operations (everything from maintaining proper insurance coverage to event planning).

What upcoming opportunities for DNA excite you the most?
I would like to see DNA expand upon its successes from the past year, such as our partnership with Taste of St. Louis, and to offer more happy hours that include an activity component (the tours offered at our happy hours at the Last Hotel and Missouri Athletic Club this past year are good examples). Even more crucially, as the current CID is up for renewal and a competing proposal is on the table, it is now more important than ever that DNA act as both a source of unbiased information and a representative voice for the people who are the glue of downtown – its residents. Whatever form the next CID takes, I would like to see DNA take on a more actively collaborative role with the CID so that together we can effect change and galvanize progress.

 


LaShana Lewis

Why do you want to run for a seat on the DNA Board of Directors?
Willing to continue my commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Downtown St. Louis region.

What strengths and assets would you bring to the DNA Board of Directors?
Flexibility, connections to the innovation community, and overall joy!

What upcoming opportunities for DNA excite you the most?
Would love to have a DNA Open House for all the lofts/condos in the region happen in one weekend/day.

 


Howard Wynder

Why do you want to run for a seat on the DNA Board of Directors?
I see change on the horizon. I believe that DNA can and should be involved in the changes that need to come to our neighborhood. DNA is and should be the voice of our residents. And also a bridge to both elected officials and our police officers.

What strengths and assets would you bring to the DNA Board of Directors?
I am past looking for the spotlight and have been successful in neighborhood evolution since the 60s with voter registration and migrant worker assistance.

What upcoming opportunities for DNA excite you the most?
A clear voice for residents.

 


 

DNA Town Hall – Annual Meeting

Join us on Monday, January 13th at 6:00 PM for our first Town Hall of 2020 at the St. Louis Public Library – Central auditorium, 1301 Olive Street. Metered parking available.

Voting members will be electing up to 4 board seats to replace emptying seats and join the existing board directors. An update to the bylaws will be presented for review.

Also, hear information from the current DNA Board of Directors, local elected officials, and about other new events and businesses in the region.

Meets us after the meeting during our DNA Social at Missouri Bar & Grille, 701 N Tucker, to hear results!

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