Things have quieted down again here on Mallinckrodt Street. On any given day in July, if you happened to be driving down Mallinckrodt Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Saint Louis and passed by a red brickfaced building just off the corner of Mallinckrodt and N 14th Street, you would have witnessed a group of dirty and sunburnt folks in the middle of a number of different tasks: putting up a wooden fence, spreading mulch, pulling away deteriorated siding or shoveling large amounts of debris into a dumpster container. Although CityStudioSTL has come to an end and many of the summer residents (myself included) have moved on, work on 1415 Mallinckrodt and 3619 Blair continues. I look forward to keeping up with the changes and improvements to the buildings, and the youth and community programs and events that will be developed and created.
I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite moments this summer, as practitioner-in-residence.
- Impromptu evening film screening with films provided by Preservation Research’s Michael Allen in the backyard of 1415 Mallinckrodt, from the stage of the yet to be finished theatre space.
- Watching the kids from the Urban Expressions program on the Showcase Day, admiring the extensive renovations to the building, the incorporation of their ideas into the site and the display of their artwork on the walls.
- Casual conversations with neighborhood residents while working in the garden at 1415, who are interested in all the recent activity and changes they see happening while walking their dog or driving by on their way to work.
- The almost daily impromptu music jam sessions at 2010 Mallinckrodt.
- The continuous sincere dialogue that took place every day about social practice, community, art, design and space-forming.