Emerson Park Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

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Cathy Klump
Graduate Assistant, East St. Louis Action Research Project
B.A. Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997
Masters Project

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the
Degree of Master of Urban and Regional Planning
in the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
May, 1999


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ESLARP

Community Development Workshop: UP 378 Students

Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center

Emerson Park Development Corporation (EPDC)

East St. Louis Area Participants


Executive Committee

Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center


Research Assistants




Richard M. Suttle, Sr. was born in East St. Louis and was raised in Belleville to the age of nine. He returned to East St. Louis at the age of nine and presently lives at 1121 Lake Avenue and has resided there since 1968. Mr. Suttle has one brother and two sisters. He has one son and one granddaughter. He is a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church and the Class of 1952 of Lincoln High School. He owned a trucking company and car wash until 1967. In 1968 he attended Belleville Area College and graduated after two years with an Associates Degree in Life Insurance Underwriter Training LUTC/CLU. He retired in 1988 and has been involved with the Emerson Park Development Corporation since 1990. He also sits on the boards of East St. Louis Community Action Network (ESLCAN), New Spirit Organizing Office, and the Urban Resources Partnership Program.


Henry Peete


Peggy Hume has been a life long resident of East St. Louis and has lived in the Emerson Park Neighborhood for more than twenty five years and is a member of the 9th Street Church of God in Christ. She graduated from East Side High School and is a Certified Nurses Aid. She attended Professional Business School in St. Louis and the Metro Business College. She has had computer training from Bits and Bytes Computers in Belleville. She has one son attending Lincoln College on a golf scholarship in Jefferson City, Missouri. Currently she is employed at The Mental Health Center in East St. Louis as an Administrative Aid for Child and Adolescent Services. She also works part time at Grandpa Pigeons in Collinsville as a cashier. Peggy’s skills include shorthand, typing, computer experience, and good interpersonal skills. She is also the secretary of the East St. Louis Community Action Network (ESLCAN).


Cathy Tucker is a twenty-nine year resident of 1117 Winstanley Avenue in the Emerson Park neighborhood. She graduated from Venice High School and moved to East St. Louis with her husband Charles. They have raised three children in the neighborhood. Cathy has been an employee of Sterling catering services for more than fifteen years and worked at the American Steel Foundry prior to her position there. She has been an active member of the Emerson Park Development Corporation since 1985 and has served on the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House Board prior to becoming an EPDC Officer.


The Emerson Park Neighborhood Revitalization Plan was developed over the past year as a result of the close relationship between the University of Illinois and the Emerson Park neighborhood, a relationship that spans nearly a decade. Over the years, this relationship has grown because of the strong commitment of hundreds of people who have relentlessly labored to make life in Emerson Park and in the City of East St. Louis better for the next generation. To list all the people that have contributed to the growth and development of Emerson Park would take a book in its own right!

Instead, the planning team would like to take this opportunity to thank a couple of key people who have contributed immensely to the completion of this plan. These individuals have offered the skills, insight and vision to turn a neighborhood’s aspirations into a 35-strategy plan for improving the quality of life in Emerson Park for current and future residents. Many thanks to…

Document author(s) : Cathy Klump
Last modified: 23 September 1999, Deanna Koenigs