EAST ST LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

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March/April 1999

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SYMPOSIUM ON JOB CREATION STRATEGIES IN EAST ST. LOUIS, MAY 4, 1999

The East St. Louis Action Research Project [ESLARP] is holding a one-day symposium on 'Job Creation Strategies in East Saint Louis' on May 4th, 1999 at the East St. Louis Center of the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

For more information on the symposium, please call Raja Shankar at (217) 265-0202 or email him at shankar1@uiuc.edu

OUTREACH WEEKEND, MAR 26-27, 1999

This semester the East St. Louis Action Research Project is committed to community development efforts in the Alta Sita neighborhood. As part of these ongoing efforts, Outreach Weekend #2 was dedicated to data collection and physical improvement projects in Alta Sita. Over sixty volunteers from UP 378, ARCH 374, LA 338, SOC 299 and UP 199 joined ESLARP's efforts on March 26th and 27th. The volunteers worked on the following projects.

UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AND MIDDLE TENN. UNIV. ASB, MAR 14-19, 1999

A group of dedicated and hardworking students from Middle Tennesee University worked on one of Kathryn Dunhams old guest houses, starting the process of turning them into a Bed & Breakfast. Other projects included: painted the windows, and repaired the floors at the Queen's chapel at Brooklyn and more.

COLORADO STATE UNIV. ASB, MAR 7-12, 1999

On March 7th, twelve eager Coloradians arrived in East St. Louis for their Alternative Spring Break. The volunteers worked at the Christian Activity Center on Monday and Tuesday doing general clean-up work and repairs. According to the students, meeting Chet Cantrel of the CAC and working with the hundreds of eager children was the highlight of their time spent at the CAC.

GRAND RAPIDS COMM. COLLEGE ASB, FEB 27-MAR 6, 1999

Volunteers rehabilitated the basement at the Bride of Christ Church in the Alta Sita neighborhood of East St. Louis. They spent the week demolishing, drywalling, painting, and getting dirty. The space will be used as a meeting room for its members.

WHAT'S NEW

Brian Orland awarded NCSA Faculty Fellowship

Brian Orland, professor of Landscape Architecture has been awarded an NSCA Faculty Fellowship for 1999-2000. The work will focus on SmartCity, an interactive 3-D visualization environment that enables users to examine current and projected urban condition data, including non-visual characteristics such as ownership and property value, in the context of a correctly scaled immersive city. The thesis work of Yong Wook Kim ,ESLARP Research Assistant, has laid the groundwork for this project.

http://www.imlab.uiuc.edu/smartcity/

Urban Systems Modeling to be presented at International Conference

The paper titled "Delivering Urban Systems Models via the World Wide Web" written by Varkki George, Kieran Donaghy, Raja Shankar and Edgar Flagg, has been accepted for publication at the 6th international conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Management. This conference is being held in Venice, Italy from the 8th to the 11th of September 1999. The paper describes the urbans systems modeling [USM] project of the East St. Louis Action Research Project. This project is funded by the Annie Casey Foundation and is part of an effort to bring public decision-making closer to the citizens of East St. Louis.

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EAST ST. LOUIS NEWS FROM THE WEB

Additional news items have been added to the website. Articles from the St. Louis Post Dispatch Online. Headlines include:

- Illinois legislation aims to prevent school violence
- Debra Powell Child of East St. Louis will Lead at City Hall
- Agency helps low-income residents make needed home improvements


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Document author(s) : Deanna Koenigs, Cathy Klump
Last modified: 22 April 1999, Deanna Koenigs
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