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  • Carol Swartout Klein

Weekly 4: Upbeat updates from STL

We've compiled some of the positive developments around reconciliation, peace, childhood understanding and community forward movement in the St. Louis area, in case you missed them, for the week ending July 10.

The Post-Dispatch reported on Wednesday, "Coffee houses, floating gardens, bike trails: north riverfront reimagined." The newspaper reported that "plans imagine a north (city) riverfront stuffed with apartments, business incubators, grassy terraces, fountains and even a floating beer garden — all flanked by a system of parks and trails along the Mississippi River."

The U-City and Ferguson Municipal Public Libraries reminded us about a chance to "Welcome to StoryCorps @ your library!" The posting reminded visitors about the "project (to) gather the stories of residents of Ferguson and University City, exploring the history and diversity of these cities through the personal stories of their residents." Recordings will be taken through October. Learn more about StoryCorps here.

KMOV reported on plans commencing to replace the burned out QuikTrip in Ferguson with a new Urban League community training center. "At the new center, the Urban League plans to broaden access to education and job training, employment and economic self-reliance for residents of the St. Louis area, the organization said in a press release."

And here's one we missed from a few weeks earlier: Rapper "The Game" came to Ferguson in May and handed out McDonald's Happy Meals to 100 children. We found this story about it, and a short video of the happenings posted on YouTube.

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