June 27, 2017

The year 2015 has been one of great significance for LOVEtheLOU. We are a small non-profit that is constantly changing and growing. We’ve experienced lots of growing pains and have taken many risks. We are constantly stepping out of our comfort zone and pushing forward...

June 27, 2017

An Interview with Matt Hecky

Tell us a little bit about who you are. 

My name is Matt Hecky, I’m 20 years old, I’m from Lake St. Louis, and I currently attend Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO. I worked with LOVEtheLOU for 4 weekends in St. Louis...

June 27, 2017

This is my neighborhood. These are my children: all of them. This is not one of those canned, politically correct images that attempts to showcase diversity by throwing strangers together in a photograph. This is Enright and Sarah: this is North City.

My wife and I didn...

June 27, 2017

Our city is filled with potential.  Where some outsiders may see a vacant lot we see a future garden.  Where some people may see a dilapidated house we see the beautiful architecture waiting to be restored.  Potential is also seen in the lives of individuals in our cit...

June 27, 2017

LOVE is…

…action.  If you say you love the city but sit on your hands don’t expect any change.  LOVE will push you outward and move you in the right direction.

…work, but it’s always the right work.  The paradox of LOVE is that as you are emptied you will also be fi...

June 27, 2017

Part I: Discretion vs. Valor

In the southeastern corner of the State of Wyoming, there is a mountain

range known as the Medicine Bow Mountain Range, in Medicine Bow National Forrest. Medicine Bow Peak is the pinnacle of this range, its body made up of massive granite cli...

June 27, 2017

On March 16th we will begin St. Louis’ first repurposed tire garden.  This art garden will be located on the corner of 14th Street and Benton in Old North St. Louis.  We will be transforming a vacant city lot into a walking path as a part of a series of projects in whi...

June 27, 2017

We love our city, but sometimes it’s hard to know how to show it. Here are some practical ways that each of us can make a difference in the STL.

1.  Eat at local restaurants. Find that “hole in the wall” and explore their menu. It should go without saying, but when you...

June 27, 2017

She waits to make her entrance.   She’ll keep us on the edge of our seat and like a great performer she wants to time her act just right.  The greens begin to fade and the rain quietly moves in.  The leaves give up their grasp as they litter Forest Park’s floor.   Coff...

June 27, 2017

“You prolly had a government grant to do all this work, right?” 

We heard this question a few times as our artists took over the streets last weekend.  It’s an honest assumption, but the answer always took the neighbors by surprise. 

“Nope.  Everything you see here...

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