As part of Metro Transit‘s Metro Reimagined program, big changes are coming to bus service throughout the neighborhood. Higher frequency service and route changes are coming to Dutchtown beginning September 30th.
The #8 Bates-Morganford will be replaced by the new #8 Shaw-Cherokee. The new line, running from the Central West End to the Catalan Bus Loop, will run down Cherokee between Grand and Jefferson, then south along Jefferson and Broadway. The Shaw-Cherokee bus will run every 30 minutes during weekdays and every hour evenings and weekends.
The #11 Chippewa bus will begin offering high-frequency service. During the daytime, buses will come every 15 minutes. 30-minute service will be offered early mornings, late evenings, and weekends.
The #70 Grand bus, St. Louis’ busiest bus line, will increase service to every 10 minutes during peak times during the week. 15-minute service will be available on the weekends, and 20-minute service will be offered late evenings.
The #73 Carondelet bus will no longer serve Cherokee Street or South Grand, but it will begin to offer high-frequency service. The route has been adjusted to be more direct, going down South Broadway to Meramec to Virginia through the neighborhood. The #73 will run every 15 minutes during weekdays and 30 minutes on evenings and weekends.
Other bus routes throughout St. Louis are also changing things up as part of Metro Reimagined. Visit the Metro Reimagined website for info on changes across the system.
Summer is winding down and school is back in session, but there’s still plenty going on in Dutchtown! Be sure to keep up-to-date with the DutchtownSTL calendar and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more Dutchtown news.
Fall classes at Intersect Arts Center in Gravois Park will be starting soon. Registration is open now. Here are a few of the offerings beginning in September.
Ceramic Handbuilding Sculpture: Explore the ceramic form and gain a strong foundation in practical skills, technical knowledge, and contemporary ceramic practices. Classes are Saturdays, 1pm–3pm, beginning September 14th.
Ceramics with Justin Leszcz: Learn a variety of wheel throwing and glazing techniques. Classes are Saturdays, 9am–11am, beginning September 14th.
Off the Frame: Weaving By Hand: Learn weaving and fiber basics in this three session course. At the end of the course, participants will have completed their own woven wall hanging. Classes are Saturdays, 9am–noon, beginning September 21st.
The art gallery at Intersect will also be opening a new exhibition, Anew, presenting the duality experienced every day between the reality of violence in the community and the ways we collectively address and support one another. Anew opens on Saturday, September 7th, during the CommUNITY Arts Festival (read more below) and continues through October 4th. The gallery is open weekdays from 9am to 6pm.
Thomas Dunn Learning Center
Thomas Dunn Learning Center‘s Art Lab is open Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 6pm. Work on your own piece or participate in the focus of the day. Art supplies are available along with tons of items to reuse and repurpose.
The South Side Youth Council meets every Monday at 4pm at Thomas Dunn. The South Side Youth Council aims to contribute to the South Side community by creating and organizing youth led programs and events.
The next Sip ‘n Sketch is Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30pm. Adults of all skill levels are invited to participate in this life drawing class exploring a variety of materials and techniques. Bring a snack and a beverage. Register by calling 314-282-9314.
FreeSource‘s Tech Support Cafe returns to Thomas Dunn on Thursday, September 19th from 6pm to 8pm. Participants can receive free technical assistance and peer mentorship from volunteer IT professionals in a welcoming, friendly, accessible workshop atmosphere.
More Dutchtown Events
The 2019 CommUNITY Arts Festival takes place at Intersect Arts Center on Saturday, September 7th starting at 11am. This event features visual art, multiple performances, educational and art workshops, resources, and a screening of the documentary Sweetest Land. The CommUNITY Arts Festival celebrate arts programs making a positive impact in St. Louis and works to educate the community on public health issues contributing to the city’s violence issues and connect them with programs and resources. For a full list of artists and activities visit the Facebook event page.
The Dutchtown CID roughly covers Grand from Chippewa to Meramec, Meramec from Grand to Compton, and Virginia from Meramec to Bates. The CID provides supplemental services in this area through an additional real estate tax paid by property owners within the footprint. These services include security patrols, cleanup crews, and marketing efforts.
Every month the CID’s Board of Directors holds a meeting open to everyone. The Board generally meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, 5:30pm at Urban Eats Café. Make sure to check our calendar or the DutchtownSTL Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. Board meetings are a great place to familiarize yourself with what’s going on in the CID and see where you may be a good fit.
In addition to the monthly Board meetings, three committees hold quarterly meetings in March, June, September, and December.
Beautification and Maintenance Committee
The Beautification and Maintenance Committee meets on the first Thursday of every third month at 5:30pm. Meetings are usually held at the studio of Anthony Duncan in the old Stork Inn building at Virginia and Idaho. The committee guides efforts to maintain and improve the physical environment within the CID through enhanced trash services, landscaping, and so on.
Marketing and Development Committee
The Marketing and Development Committee meets on the second Thursday of every third month at 6pm at McKeane’s Pub at the Original Crusoe’s. The committee works to inform and engage stakeholders within the CID and the neighborhood, support economic activity, and attract and retain businesses.
The Dutchtown CID offers a great opportunity to make Dutchtown a more desirable place to live, work, and play. Be an integral part of strengthening our community by attending a board or committee meeting to see how you can help. If you have questions, feel free to contact us.
Dutchtown’s youth deserve more from St. Louis. Our new MLS team could help bring it to them. In this guest post by DT2 President and Allies of Marquette Park founder Nate Lindsey, we’ll learn about the history and future of soccer at Marquette Park. If you’d like to donate to help fund improvements to the soccer field, visit dutch.town/soccer.
By most accounts, the sports movie The Game of Their Lives was a flop. However, the film has a cult following locally in St. Louis. It was recently shown outside in Carondelet Park and its popularity will surely grow with the news that a Major League Soccer team is coming to St. Louis.
Partly filmed on Dutchtown’s own Marquette Park soccer field in front of the iconic field house, the movie tells the story of the 1950 US Men’s National Team that was stacked with local St. Louis talent and against all odds managed to beat England 1-0 in Brazil. According to IMDB, the movie had a budget of $20,000,000, but grossed only $375,000. Considering the film was directed by the same man that brought us Hoosiers and Rudy, it’s hard to believe it gained so little notoriety.
I hadn’t even heard of the movie or the historic soccer match until I tweeted out a picture of one of Marquette Park’s goal posts that had lost its crossbar and was informed by the Internet that none other than Gerard Butler (playing Frank Borghi) had previously defended that very goal that now stood derelict on the field.
The local St. Louis players in the movie, we are told, were a part of a long tradition of organized Italian-American soccer played in The Hill neighborhood since the early 1900s. The only non-white player on the US National team was Joseph Gaetjens, a Haitian-American who scored the winning goal. While the U.S. National team has become more diverse since the 1950s, there is still a clear soccer interest gap in America defined by race.
While there are a variety of reasons soccer hasn’t become more popular in black communities, one of the greatest is likely accessibility. Many may point to soccer as more economical and therefore accessible given it requires less equipment to purchase than many sports and is even favored by new immigrants to the country bringing a passion for the sport with them, but we need look no further than our city’s history and Marquette Park’s field to understand how we have short-changed our youth when it comes to opportunities to play the game.
I couldn’t be happier that one of the chosen locations for kids to play is Marquette Park, but the current existing conditions of the field leave much to be desired. One of the ongoing tropes throughout the movie is the team’s lack of official United States red, white, and blue uniforms. One player repeatedly asks for them and the coach repeatedly tells him they are on the way. The team makes it all the way to the games in Brazil without having any uniforms, despite being told what an honor it is to wear the jersey and represent their country.
This is how our youth in Dutchtown must feel. We hear time and time again how important investment in our youth is. We hear how organized recreational activities and well-utilized parks are not only critical to children’s development, but promote safety and neighborhood prosperity as well. Yet we also continually find an excuse not to dedicate investment into even the resources we already have. We give our kids in Dutchtown the “opportunity” to play soccer without balls, on fields without mowed grass, and with goalposts without crossbars.
If the MLS and new ownership group wants to build on an already thriving soccer culture in St. Louis, how about putting their dollars where they will go the furthest and promoting the sport where it needs it the most. Building youth soccer from the ground up at Marquette Park provides that opportunity in an area that would normally be overlooked.
When the hero players from The Hill finally got their jerseys, they played like champions shocking the world by defeating England in America’s first World Cup victory. Maybe if our kids in the city and around Marquette Park are provided with facilities we can all be proud of, they’ll grow up to be the next generation of St. Louis soccer greats. Perhaps, just maybe, someone can dig up this article years from now when a St. Louis kid from Dutchtown is raising the World Cup. It all starts with the decision to create a real opportunity to play the game.
The dog days of summer are here, but don’t let that stop you from getting out and about in the neighborhood! Check out our calendar frequently—we’re always adding more events! And be sure to follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for more updates and other fun stuff.
Dive-In Movie at Marquette Park Pool
In July, DT2 and the Allies of Marquette Park held a Dive-In Movie Fundraiser and raised over $7,000! As wonderful a success as that is, the actual dive-in movie portion of the fundraiser was rained out. So we’re trying again!
On Saturday, August 10th, bring the family to the Marquette Park Pool for a poolside showing of Disney’s Moana at sunset. This time admission is free, but if you’d still like to make a donation towards improvements at the pool, visit dutch.town/pool.
Marquette Community Day
Unity is the best community! Marquette Community Day, Dutchtown’s largest annual back-to-school event, returns to Marquette Park on Sunday, August 4th. Bring the kids down to the park from noon to 4pm for free backpacks filled with school supplies, free haircuts, free food, a petting zoo, music, plus lots of other activities for kids and resources for parents.
The Gravois Park Neighborhood Association meets on Tuesday, August 13th. Their monthly meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month, 6pm at the newly dedicated Rita Ford Community Center at 3353 California, just north of Cherokee Street.
Dutchtown West holds their next meeting on Wednesday, August 14th. They meet on the second Wednesday every month at 7pm in the banquet hall at Grbic Restaurant.
Marine Villa gathers on Monday, August 26th for their next monthly meeting. They meet on the fourth Monday of every month, 7pm in the back room at Irish Corner Pub.
More Dutchtown Events
The next St. Anthony of Padua flea market is Saturday, August 3rd from 8am to 2pm. Come by the Parish Hall at 3135 Meramec for some great bargains on housewares, clothing, collectibles, and more.
Perennial hosts another Community Clothing Swap on Sunday, August 4th. The door fee is $10 when you bring clothes to swap or $15 if you come empty-handed. All proceeds benefit Perennial’s educational programs.
The Allies of Marquette Park hold their next meeting on Sunday, August 11th at 1pm. Join them to tour and audit the facilities at Marquette Park.
The next Sip ‘n Sketch is Wednesday, August 14th at Thomas Dunn Learning Center. Join guest instructor and local artist Sandra Griffin for this life drawing class. Adults of all skill levels are welcome to join—BYOB and a snack.
The Dutchtown SouthCommunity Empowerment Committee meets on Wednesday, August 28th, 6pm at Thomas Dunn Learning Center. Help implement DSCC’s programs throughout the neighborhood and share your ideas. Dinner and childcare are provided.