Park Neighborhood Revitalization Plan
EMERSON PARK – "A SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOOD"
The residents of the Emerson Park neighborhood believe that a truly "sustainable
neighborhood" is one that is especially successful in raising caring, responsible,
and healthy children and adolescents. It is one that supports the diverse makeup
of families and cares for all individuals, families and elderly persons because
they are a part of the neighborhood and community.
Emerson Park believes that a truly "sustainable neighborhood" is
one that has a vibrant economic infrastructure that meets basis needs for adequate
income, meaningful work, affordable housing, health care, and safety. Moreover,
it provides humane and effective services and interventions for vulnerable families
and their children as well as for families and children who simply need a limited
amount of support. It aggressively works to reduce the environmental circumstances
– poverty, racism, malnutrition, abuse, and violence – that threaten all residents,
especially young people’s healthy development.
A neighborhood that truly meets the needs of its youngest generation to its
oldest generation complements its strong economic infrastructure with a vibrant
developmental infrastructure – that is, with neighborhood commitments and strategies
that accentuate the positive building blocks of human development. In this community,
children and adolescents, families and the elderly experience:
- Daily support and care provided by one or more involved, loving parents
or other care givers;
- Sustained relationships with several non-parent adults in the community;
- A neighborhood where everyone knows, protects, listens to, and gets involved
with the young;
- Opportunities to participate in developmentally responsive and enticing
clubs, teams and organizations led by principled, responsible and trained
- Access to child-friendly public places;
- Daily affirmation and encouragement;
- Intergenerational relationships, in which children and teenagers bond with
adults of many ages and in which teenagers bond with younger children;
- A stake in community life made concrete through useful roles and opportunities
- Boundaries, values, and high expectations consistently articulated, modeled,
and reinforced across multiple socializing systems;
- Peer groups motivated to achieve and contribute;
- Caring school, congregations, youth-serving organizations, and other institutions;
- Opportunities for frequent acts of service to others.
This kind of vibrant developmental infrastructure cannot be legislated or enforced
by laws. It cannot be created by paid professionals or new programs. It cannot
be "purchased" with public or philanthropic funds.
And although good families are essential architects for this infrastructure,
this foundation cannot be created by families alone. Forming this foundation
is the work of all the neighborhood residents and institutions. They are the
ones who support, encourage, motivate, guide and empower young people through
thousands of individual and group acts of caring and commitment. They are the
ones who build relationships day by day that show children and adolescents that
they are known, valued, listened to, and connected. In short, this vision of
healthy neighborhoods focuses on creating a normative culture in which adults,
organizations, and community institutions unite to take action guided by a shared
vision of positive development.
EMERSON PARK NEIGHBORHOOD RESOLUTIONS
On June 8, 1999 the Emerson Park Development Corporation resolved
- Integrate the Housing Strategy from the CDBG Plan into the Emerson Park
Revitalization Plan, as it is in Chapter IV, Section F.
- Re-Assert support and enthusiasm for the Emerson Park Revitalization
Plan and push forward on its implementation.
- Support the Emerson Park Development Corporation as a representative body
leading community development efforts in the Emerson Park Neighborhood of
East St. Louis.
- Move forward on the implementation of crime prevention programs, including:
Move forward on the implementation of housing improvement programs, including:
- "Smoke-Out" Drug and Crime Corners
- Expansion of the Red Letter Program to include Prostitution
Expand the existing Youth and Family Development component of the Emerson
Park Revitalization Plan to include the new Human Services proposals developed
by Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House with special emphasis on jobs for
The Emerson Park Development Corporation supports the goals, policies and
process of the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative as it relates to the implementation
of the approved Emerson Park Revitalization Plan and looks forward
to working closely with the Sustainable Neighborhoods Staff to implement the
community development initiatives included in the Emerson Park Revitalization
Present the Emerson Park Revitalization Plan with these resolutions incorporated
into the document to the East St. Louis Planning Commission and East St. Louis
City Council for formal adoption as the neighborhood plan for the Emerson
Park Neighborhood of East St. Louis.
Document author(s) : Cathy Klump
- Planning for ten new single family homes through the Neighborhood Faith-Based
- Plan for Home Ownership / Home Improvement Seminar;
- Continue demolition of derelict buildings that threaten the health and
safety of Emerson Park residents.
Last modified: 23 September 1999, Deanna Koenigs