EAST ST LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

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May 1999

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ALTA SITA NEIGHBORHOOD SUMMIT-APR 17TH, 1999

On April 17, 1999 the first ever Alta Sita Neighborhood Summit was held at Alta Sita Elementary School in East St. Louis, IL. The event was an all day planning and problem-solving session with the goal of addressing Alta Sita's most critical environment, infrastructure, employment, housing, youth development and municipal services needs. The Summit brought together in one room residents of Alta Sita, representatives from City Hall, University of Illinois faculty and students, social service providers and leaders of other neighborhood organizations to discuss the future of Alta Sita. The event was a huge success and the high attendance and wealth of information gathered during the day are indicative of great things to come in Alta Sita.

ALTA SITA NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH PLANNING ACTIVITY-APR 9TH, 1999

Fifty-one students of the Alta Sita Elementary School's after school program joined about a dozen students from the University of Illinois for an afternoon of neighborhood planning. The event was attended by administrators, teachers, members of ASNI and parents. For the University and the Alta Sita neighborhood, the Youth Planning Activity was one of the most positive partnerships we have made to date. It provided the opportunity to involve the future leaders of the neighborhood and the world in identifying their dreams for the future.

FINAL CLASS PROJECTS: LA338/ARCH374, UP378 AND UP299

LA338/ARCH374 Final Design Projects

This semester we focused on the Alta Sita neighborhood and on siting and green space development issues associated with housing plans at scales ranging from neighborhood-wide strategic plans to green space design associated with particular housing layouts. Our goal is to communicate creative, feasible and responsible solutions to the constraints of existing site and neighborhood conditions, in order to achieve the best quality of life for future residents.

UP378 Community Development Workshop in Alta Sita

UP 378 is a community development workshop where students collaborate with neighborhood leaders in the Alta Sita neighborhood of East St. Louis to produce stabilization plans promoting business development, job generation, housing improvement and municipal service delivery. Since January, students have been working with residents to collect Neighborhood Condition Surveys, Infrastructure Condition Surveys, and resident interviews. Prior to the end of the semester,the partners are working with the program ideas that emerged from the Alta Sita Neighborhood Summit to develop a strategic plan for addressing the most critical issues facing the neighborhood. Stay tuned to the course web page for the latest planning document.

UP299 Community Profile of the East St. Louis Enterprise Community

An independent research project focusing on collection of data on each of the Enterprise Communities. It includes: population, housing, education, income, employment, business patterns and loans.

1999 SYMPOSIUM ON JOB CREATION STRATEGIES IN EAST ST. LOUIS

The one day symposium held on May 4th, 1999 was attended by about 35 participants who represented various different groups including academics, community organizations, development professionals, and very importantly residents.

The symposium came together as part of an ongoing collaborative effort between ESLARP at the University of Illinois and the communities in East St. Louis. As part of this effort, faculty and students at the university have created a web-based urban systems analysis model, which predicts the impacts of business developments. This model can be directly accessed and used by the citizens of East St. Louis so that they can participate in public decision-making in a more informed manner.

1999 ILLINOIS CAMPUS COMPACT SERVICE LEARNING SYMPOSIUM

The Illinois Campus Compact for Community Service (ICCCS) is a state-wide consortium of twenty public and private colleges and universities. It was established in 1992 to promote student participation in community and public service and to integrate service-learning as a valued element of undergraduate and graduate education. The theme of this year’s symposium was Promoting Community/ University Partnerships for Civic Renewal and Social Justice Through Service-Learning.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Faith-Based Ecumenical Housing Blitz Build is scheduled for May 17-29ths with the Emerson Park Development Corporation (EPDC). E-mail Tom Shields tpshield@uiuc.edu if you might be interested in more information for this event!

Several ESLARPians and former ESLARPians will appear as authors in an upcoming Planners Network Reader! Check it out!

Sign up now for the June 17-19, 1999 Planner's Network Conference in Lowell, MA. For ESLARP staff or UIUC students we will rent a van for travel! Cost for registration, room and board is $150. E-mail or call Tom Shields if you are interested! tpshield@uiuc.edu or 265-0202.

AWARDS

THE EAST ST. LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT and the UIUC Alternative Spring Break Program has received an award for the Most Innovative Service-Learning Program by the SERVE Illinois Recognition Event. Thank you!

The EAST ST. LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT has been nominated for the Japan Award by Chris Silver, Chair, DURP and Michael Aiken, UIUC Chancellor. It is an honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award and we look forward to the outcome!

HELLO!

THE EAST ST. LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT WELCOMES TWO NEW FAMILIAR FACES TO STAFF.

CATHY KLUMP has been selected to be the new Director of the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center. Cathy will be completing her Master's degree in DURP here at the University of Illinois on May 16, 1999 and begin her duties as the new Director of NTAC at the end of this month. Cathy has been a talented valuable force within ESLARP already. She facilitated and wrote the the second Emerson Park Neighborhood plan in collaboration with the Emerson Park Development group. In addition, Cathy has helped ESLARP staff the planning commission, implemented a Housing research plan for the Housing Authority and the Kreigsfeld Corporation, and participated in numerous ESLARP work and research projects for over five years! Cathy also worked with the City of Champaign Planning Department to facilitate the resident input in the redevelopment/relocation of federal housing in Champaign's historically African American community. Congratulations and welcome Cathy!!!!

LaTonya Burton has been selected to be the new Community Planner of the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center. LaTonya has been working as the interim Community Planner since January 1999. LaTonya was born and raised in East St. Louis. She participated in one of the first summer ESLARP programs, and graduated with a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Urban and Regional Planning. LaTonya also worked with New Spirit Neighborhood Organizing project in East St. Louis during the past year. WELCOME ABOARD LATONYA

GOOD-BYE!

As the Spring Semester comes to a close, the East St. Louis Action Research Project ESLARP will be saying good-bye and THANK YOU to an amazing group of students who took on the mantle of RESEARCH ASSISTANTS this year, and embedded themselves into ESLARP history:

Thank you for all the great work!

THANKS!

FIRST, Congratulations on a tremendous amount of work accomplished by the Students in Arch 374, LA378, and UP 378! Your work and contribution will help improve the conditions in the Alta Sita Neighborhood. THANKS TO THE MANY VOLUNTEERS OF ESLARP SPRING 1999 and to the staff who make ESLARP WORK!

Read a more detailed thank you note.


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Document author(s) : Tom Shields, Deanna Koenigs, Cathy Klump
Last modified: 10 May 1999, Deanna Koenigs
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