Dutchtown spruces up to promote community improvement

A two-story mural in St. Louis’ Dutchtown neighborhood is part of a community event to promote lasting change in the neighborhood.

Volunteers also have painted crosswalks and planted trees in preparation for Dutchtown Better Block on Saturday.

Fleurs-de-lis in Dutchtown
Crosswalks in the 4700 block of Virginia Avenue were painted with fleurs-de-lis. Photo by skatch via Reddit.

The daylong Dutchtown Better Block event will feature two pop-up shops, Little Red Reading House and Dutchtown Domestic Arts; Urban Matter‘s grand opening; and several activities, including a chess pocket park, poetry readings and story-time for kids, community garden tours, an outdoor cafĂ© and a family movie at dusk.

Screwed Arts Collective started its mural on the side of a house at 4705 Virginia Ave. on Sept. 5. See how it progressed:

Dutchtown Better Block, led by Dutchtown South Community Corp. and Trailnet, is financed in part through a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the St. Louis Community Development Administration and the Norman J. Stupp Foundation.

Screwed Arts Collective created a Cinco de Mayo mural on Cherokee Street earlier this year.