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COVID-19 Updates

DutchtownSTL.org seeks to provide our neighbors with the latest information and resources available regarding the COVID-19 health crisis.

Visit dutchtownstl.org/help for information on economic assistance for individuals and small businesses. Or, visit dutchtownstl.org/corona for additional information, resources, and a list of neighborhood businesses that are still operating and could use your support. These pages are updated regularly as new information becomes available.

Follow DutchtownSTL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional updates and information.

Last evening DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown hosted our first in-person After Hours event in several months with the Havana’s Cuisine food truck parked at the Neighborhood Innovation Center. In spite of the drizzly weather, we had an excellent turnout and a ton of fun. There were Cuban sandwiches and empanandas, music and dancing, giveaways of Dutchtown Proud yard signs and gift cards to Original Crusoe’s, and community building.

We asked that our visitors wear a mask and practice safe social distancing. We couldn’t have received better support and cooperation.

We saw lots of familiar faces and lots of new faces — well, just eyes, mostly. But it was still great to see neighbors for the first time since COVID-19 shut us in for what seems like months on end.

Neighborhood photographer Chip Smith of Cross Grand captured all the beautiful masked faces in portrait form and has shared his photos with us. It will probably be very strange to look back on these photos in the future, but we’ll still be able to see a resilient bunch of neighbors who turn out and support each other during tough times.

Dutchtown neighbors wearing masks at DT2 After Hours in Downtown Dutchtown. Photo by Chip Smith of Cross Grand.
Dutchtown neighbors wearing masks at DT2 After Hours in Downtown Dutchtown. Photo by Chip Smith of Cross Grand.
Dutchtown neighbors wearing masks at DT2 After Hours in Downtown Dutchtown. Photo by Chip Smith of Cross Grand.
Dutchtown neighbors wearing masks at DT2 After Hours in Downtown Dutchtown. Photo by Chip Smith of Cross Grand.
Dutchtown neighbors wearing masks at DT2 After Hours in Downtown Dutchtown. Photo by Chip Smith of Cross Grand.
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Give STL Day is Thursday, May 7th. This year, we hope you’ll consider donating to DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown in support of their mission of building a stronger Dutchtown community.

We’ve got a couple of different ways you can give to DT2 for Give STL Day or any other day of the year.

Dutchtown Proud Signs

Dutchtown Proud sign overlooking Marquette Park and St. Anthony's steeples.

This year, in exchange for your donation, DT2 is offering new, eye-catching Dutchtown Proud yard signs! Show your neighborhood support to everyone passing your home.

These durable corrugated plastic signs cost about $5 each to produce. We ask you to donate what you can to help us cover costs. Anything additional goes straight to DT2’s efforts to create opportunity and prosperity for our neighbors.

To make your donation and request your sign, visit dutchtownstl.org/proud. You’ll be asked to name your price for the sign. You can then check out and pay via credit card or PayPal. We’ll deliver the sign to your doorstep as soon as possible.

Direct Donations

If you’d just like to make a straight donation to DT2, you can always go to dutchtownstl.org/donate and make your contribution via PayPal. We’ve also added a donation item to our DutchtownSTL Shop. Just tell us how much you’d like to contribute, then pay with credit card or Paypal.

If you prefer to donate via check, you can send your payment to:

DT2
3207 Meramec St.
St. Louis, MO 63118

More Dutchtown Organizations

Looking for additional neighborhood non-profits that could use your donation? Below are a few that are participating in Give STL Day. Click the links to be taken directly to their respective Give STL Day donation pages.

Virtual Events in the Time of COVID

Updated May 1st at 8am.

While we can’t get together like we used to, Dutchtown-area organizations are still seeking to bring neighbors together and keep us engaged during the health crisis. Here’s a few opportunities for you to see your neighbors’ faces and be involved with your community.

Cherokee Street Cinco de Mayo At Home!

Cherokee Street Cinco de Mayo at Home

The annual Cherokee Street Cinco de Mayo festival can’t go on quite as planned, but the organizers would still like you to bring the party home! Proceeds from the event will help raise funds for Show Up for Cherokee Street, a fund to provide short term relief to Cherokee Street workers and businesses.

Visit the Facebook event discussion to find out ways that you can bring Cinco de Mayo home.

Join the Virtual People's Joy Parade.

The People’s Joy Parade

While the annual Cherokee Street Cinco de Mayo festival may not be going on as planned, the accompanying People’s Joy Parade will still bring the show to you!

The People’s Joy Parade coordinators will create a video from clips submitted by participants and live stream it on Saturday, May 2nd.

Virtual Workshops with Perennial.

Virtual Workshops with Perennial

Perennial is offering virtual community workshops and classes online. Join the Community Workshop on May 3rd to ask questions about your ongoing projects, take part in a number of classes, or join the Craft Club Happy Hour on Wednesday, May 13th.

Stay tuned to Perennial’s website and Facebook page for more virtual event announcements.


We’ll be updating this page as we become aware of more virtual events for our Dutchtown neighbors. If you know of an event that should be on our list, please contact us.

We reached out to Dutchtown resident Josh Burbridge, owner of the St. Louis-isms Instagram account. to see if he could share some of his wonderful photos of Dutchtown. Josh has an eye for great compositions and mundane details that might go unnoticed by most.

Josh shared a ton of photos, some background on his style and approach to photography, and a lot of great things to say about Dutchtown. Take a look!

Dutchtown porches in the snow. Photo by Josh Burbridge.

I moved to Dutchtown with my wife and daughter in May 2018. We had lived in Chicago for about eight years before moving back to the St. Louis area in 2015, with an apartment in Tower Grove East. It was on the second floor of two-flat, but with the baby we hoped for a space all our own. We looked at probably 100 houses, and offered (and lost) on a few, but each one had some sort of issue that kept us from moving forward.

Track at St. Mary's High School in Dutchtown, St. Louis. Photo by Josh Burbridge.

We were about to give up until we visited an open house on 37th Street by St. Mary’s High School. We didn’t expect much, having been disappointed a lot before, but instead we were blown away. This was the house. And it was the right price, too. The place was packed with viewers, so we moved quickly to snag it. To this day, I am still so grateful we found this place. It was built in 1933 and everything about it is perfect. Almost a dream house, inside and out. We have wonderful, friendly, helpful neighbors in every direction. The Friday night football games light up the neighborhood in the fall. I can see staying here for the rest of my life.

Bricks and details in Dutchtown, St. Louis. Photo by Josh Burbridge.

St. Louis-isms grew out of a few things. The main one was the move to Dutchtown. Dutchtown always existed in the back of mind (accurately or not) as a “quintessential” St. Louis neighborhood (whatever that is), but I didn’t really know much about it, and it was really hard to find information about it. DutchtownSTL.org, thankfully, was there, and it was fantastic. It’s exactly what the neighborhood needs.

Gate on Meramec Street in Dutchtown, St. Louis. Photo by Josh Burbridge.
There’s lots more, keep reading!

Read on to find out how you can win gift cards to Dutchtown businesses while helping to improve your neighborhood! Round Two ends on Sunday, April 26th.


March 2020 was the longest month in recorded human history. It seemed to start like any other month, but somewhere in the middle we entered a wormhole we haven’t yet emerged from. With most normal work, play, and societal function as we know it shut down, many of us are rediscovering the great urban outdoors.

Seeing neighbors outside has been a small pleasure during these uncertain times. Dutchtownies are out walking with their families, dogs, and with beers in hand. Unfortunately, as is always the case, some of our pedestrian foot traffic is also carrying trash, and too often that trash ends up landing on our sidewalks instead of the proper receptacle.

Living in a dense urban neighborhood around heavily trafficked streets and bus routes is a recipe for litter. Psychologists that have studied littering suggest that dropping trash is often a product of social and behavioral expectations. That is to say, folks that see litter in an area already are more likely to litter in that same area.

Over the past year, the installation of new trash cans, more trash pick up, and street porter clean-up services from St. Patrick Center courtesy of the Dutchtown Community Improvement District has curbed the pile up. The tulip bulbs around the district have also been a wonderful touch that guide the eyes toward the flowers and away from any wind blown debris.

Some studies suggest that when individuals witness disapproval from someone else regarding littering simply in the form of someone else picking up litter, those same individuals are more likely to refrain from throwing their own trash on the ground. If we assume this to be true, then our collective action to beautify Dutchtown not only creates an immediate positive change in our neighborhood environment, but also shows potential litterbugs that this is a neighborhood that doesn’t tolerate trash.

Of course, there’s an even greater benefit to a good old fashioned urban clean up. When our public spaces are clean, it encourages neighbors to get out and spend time in those spaces together, which encourages us to look after one another, and ultimately promotes more citizen awareness and safety on our blocks.

While we may not be able to work directly next to one another during COVID-19, that doesn’t mean we can’t still be participating in our normal spring cleanups. In order to gain that extra social benefit, DutchtownSTL will be hosting #CleanDutch Facebook events.

The Rules

  • Clean up the neighborhood
  • Take a before and after photo
  • Upload your photo to social media (or email it to us)
  • Tag your photo #CleanDutch
  • Be entered to win prizes!

We are encouraging neighbors in Dutchtown, Gravois Park, Mount Pleasant, and Marine Villa to take on a public facing project — cleaning, painting, planting, or anything else that makes Dutchtown more beautiful. Dutchtownies can post photos of their project to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or via email. Each post tagged with #CleanDutch is eligible for a chance to win some sweet Dutchtown prizes.

The next drawing will be April 26th, 2020. Keep up with the cleaning, hashtagging, and of course safely social distancing!