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Monday, October 9 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Using Research to Stimulate Community Conversations about Rebound Neighborhoods (30 mins)

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For the past three years, Creating Whole Communities, an initiative of the University of Missouri St. Louis and University of Missouri Extension, has sponsored a series of community forums called “What’s Brewing?” Research on neighborhood trends in the St. Louis metropolitan area from 1970 to the present has been used to frame these community conversations. We focus on “rebound neighborhoods” – communities that the data shows have come back from urban decline. After a short data presentation, local activists tell the story of their neighborhood. Held at 7:30 am, over more than a dozen forums we have attracted between 40 and 80 people to a lively community conversation about what works (and what doesn’t work) in community revitalization.


Karl Guenther

Community Development Specialist, University of Missouri St. Louis

Todd Swanstrom

Professor in Community Collaboration and Public Po, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Monday October 9, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm MDT
Colorado C