A Message from DNA Chair
These past months have been filled with both turmoil and strife for Downtown residents, to say the least. As an association dedicated to the betterment and unification of Downtown as a city neighborhood, the board and I have been working tirelessly to stress the importance of safety within our boundaries. This has included a variety of meetings and pleas for actionable steps to be taken to rectify the increasing violence we have seen as the summer months drone on.
With that said, I am happy to announce that some solid measures have taken place with the help of many community members both inside and outside of the government structure. Most notably the following:
- Blockers/barricades have been made on some Downtown streets, Eads bridge, and parking lots to dissuade cruising and usage off hours, and some roads have been narrowed.
- Stricter enforcement of COVID-19-related mandates and other safety procedures within the Downtown region.
However, this is not the end.
We are still continuing to work on further efforts and, once those have been implemented, we’ll share more details. In the meanwhile, please continue safe and healthy practices while we navigate the current global pandemic as well as the issues which have worsened, because of it.
Thank you for your commitment to Downtown, and we will keep striving for progress, together.
St. Louis Downtown Neighborhood Association
DNA Virtual Town Hall on September 14th
Join us on September 14, 2020 at 6:00 PM for our next virtual Town Hall! Hear information from the current DNA Board of Directors & local elected officials, and about new events and businesses in the region.
Stay tuned for virtual meeting information in your email.
Missed the July 2020 Town Hall? Visit the following link to view the replay and presentation slides: http://www.saintlouisdna.org/town-hall-meeting-notes/2020-town-hall-meeting-notes/
DNA Addresses Recent Crime Surges in Downtown
DNA Executive Director James Page and Vice Chair & Safety Chair Dan Pistor (pictured, above) were both quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding the recent surge in crime issues within the Downtown St. Louis region.
A couple of quick snippets:
“James Page, executive director of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, is a retired U.S. Postal Service manager who moved to a loft downtown in 2002. He said he enjoys downtown living. ‘It’s the ultimate walkable community,’ he said, explaining that he has ‘the greatest amount of optimism for the potential of downtown St. Louis.’ But he acknowledges that ‘things feel less safe’ now than in his earlier years downtown.”
“Dan Pistor, who has lived in a downtown loft for 13 years, said downtown is a pleasure during the day. ‘If the weather is nice, it’s beautiful out. But toward the evening, starting on Thursday, that’s when this lawlessness occurs,’ Pistor said.”