June 23, 2022
To Our Downtown Community,
Downtown St. Louis is in the midst of a busy summer. This weekend alone highlights its busy itinerary with the Grand Pride Parade returning to Market Street, the Cardinals opening a 3-game home series against the Cubs, and free outdoor concerts produced through Blues on the Block. The Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District (CID) is happy to take part in and share news of these community-centered projects.
Downtown’s biggest outdoor lunchtime event is in full swing as we meet the official first day of summer this week. Held in partnership with Greater St. Louis, Inc., Lunchtime Live provides an opportunity to connect with the Downtown community in a relaxed, urban setting. Visitors can enjoy a mixture of food trucks, live music, and yard games every Wednesday from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Old Post Office Plaza. While there are several food trucks in attendance each week, we encourage visitors to also check-in at our local restaurants near the plaza. Find more information on the schedule of food trucks and musicians here.
The first of five temporary public art installations through InSITE STL is now complete, incorporating new methods for honoring our city’s history while utilizing technology to engage the community. This first installation by artist Jenny Murphy, titled The Department Co., highlights the potential for repurposing large gathering spaces in a non-commercial manner through illustrative window murals on the Laurel Building and the Railway Exchange. Pedestrians can experience the interactive piece throughout the remainder of the year, as Jenny activates the space surrounding the murals with in-person and virtual engagements. See InSITE STL’s website for details on additional installations.
A volunteer effort led by the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) to clear trash from the Eads Bridge walkway takes place this Saturday, June 25th, at 8:00am. DNA is looking to clean the walkway in preparation for the upcoming July 4th festivities in Downtown. Trash bags, gloves, and other supplies will be provided. If you would like to sign up to volunteer with DNA, please use this form.
We are thrilled to see Downtown active with classic summer events, along with new activities geared towards improving and reimagining the spaces within our community. I look forward to seeing what initiatives come next.
Kelli J. McCrary