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HUNA Crime Walk
 

Join Us for Our Monthly Crime Walk this Wednesday, April 16th, 7:30pm in Historic Round Lake Park at the Round Lake Gazebo. 

We have an important crime walk coming up this Wednesday. Come and meet several members of the St Petersburg Police Department who are in charge of working in Historic Uptown. They will address many of the issues we’ve discussed on this board in the recent weeks—prostitution, drugs, and a small rash of car and home burglaries. Your attendance will help show SPPD how serious we are about improving the crime in our neighborhood!

Police Attendees will include:

• Sgt. Borrelli: We have four community officers in our district. Sgt Borrelli is their boss.

• Lt. MacDonald will answer questions about landlord/tenant issues; he can also address what we, as residents, can do ourselves.

• Sgt. Morton will discuss police efforts with the homeless & drugs downtown; he will also bring a
mounted unit to take a walk around the lake/park.

• Lt. Dente from the Street Crimes Unit plans to stop by to talk about their efforts.

Wear your HUNA Crime Walk t-shirts (if you have one), bring flashlights and you cell phone.  You do not need to be a member to attend!



HUNA Yard Sale and Park Celebration!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Round Lake Park
Sale 8:00am-2:00pm (Park Celebration@ 11:00am)

  • Yard sale in the park
  • Get involved! Give input on a proposed gazebo redesign/refurbishing in Round Lake Park
  • Food vendor Urban Brew & BBQ
  • Music, corn hole, street bowling, and meet & mingle with your neighbors

Seller Details:

  • Current HUNA members: No Charge
  • Non-members: $10/household (includes 2014 HUNA membership!)
  • Includes space to sell your treasures in the park OR your address listed on a map to be distributed in the park on the day of the sale.
  • Transportation assistance may be available for sellers.
Seller Registration: HUNAJames@gmail.com  RSVP ASAP!



atlurbanist:

Saying goodbye, slowly, to the suburban experiment
Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) was an interesting guy. Among many other things, we was a fan of cities and good urban planning. He also gave a warning voice against the rise of car-centric suburbia as it was happening in the 20th century. Here’s a quote from him, emphasis from me:

In the suburb one might live and die without marring the image of an innocent world, except when some shadow of evil fell over a column in the newspaper. Thus the suburb served as an asylum for the preservation of illusion. Here domesticity could prosper, oblivious of the pervasive regimentation beyond. This was not merely a child-centered environment; it was based on a childish view of the world, in which reality was sacrificed to the pleasure principle.

Perspective: car-centric suburban sprawl is a construct of the 20th century, one that clashes with the way human settlements developed and thrived for millennia. It reconstructed our living spaces on a scale meant for cars, making our neighborhoods inhospitable to the kind of pedestrian connectivity that we need for healthy interactivity with our environments and with  each other.
Some day that sprawl will be fully retro-fitted as the kind of walkable, compact environment that puts people in face-to-face contact more so than what happens now via windshield perspectives; respecting both basic human needs and also the land-space needs of nature. This is happening now slowly, in our lifetimes, but the damage is significant and the repair will take many years.
Future generations will look back on the suburban experiment of the 20th century as the bizarre, unnatural thing that it was. Knowing that makes me feel a bit better about how slow the process is of undoing the physical and psychological detritus of the experiment.
EDIT: I have no idea where that great graphic above comes from! If anyone knows the source, please contact me so I can attribute.
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atlurbanist:

Saying goodbye, slowly, to the suburban experiment

Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) was an interesting guy. Among many other things, we was a fan of cities and good urban planning. He also gave a warning voice against the rise of car-centric suburbia as it was happening in the 20th century. Here’s a quote from him, emphasis from me:

In the suburb one might live and die without marring the image of an innocent world, except when some shadow of evil fell over a column in the newspaper. Thus the suburb served as an asylum for the preservation of illusion. Here domesticity could prosper, oblivious of the pervasive regimentation beyond. This was not merely a child-centered environment; it was based on a childish view of the world, in which reality was sacrificed to the pleasure principle.

Perspective: car-centric suburban sprawl is a construct of the 20th century, one that clashes with the way human settlements developed and thrived for millennia. It reconstructed our living spaces on a scale meant for cars, making our neighborhoods inhospitable to the kind of pedestrian connectivity that we need for healthy interactivity with our environments and with  each other.

Some day that sprawl will be fully retro-fitted as the kind of walkable, compact environment that puts people in face-to-face contact more so than what happens now via windshield perspectives; respecting both basic human needs and also the land-space needs of nature. This is happening now slowly, in our lifetimes, but the damage is significant and the repair will take many years.

Future generations will look back on the suburban experiment of the 20th century as the bizarre, unnatural thing that it was. Knowing that makes me feel a bit better about how slow the process is of undoing the physical and psychological detritus of the experiment.

EDIT: I have no idea where that great graphic above comes from! If anyone knows the source, please contact me so I can attribute.



Historic Uptown General Meeting Minutes March 4, 2014

Here are the minutes from our last General Meeting on March 4th.



HUNA Monthly Meeting Minutes 02-04-14.docx - Google Drive

Here are the minutes to the recent General Meeting





HUNA Monthly Meeting Minutes 01-07-14

Thanks to everyone who came to the meeting last night. We had some really meaty topics and the Board has some good direction going into the new year.



Neighborhood Plan Wins Final Approval

We are very pleased to announce that the Historic Uptown Neighborhood Plan won approval and adoption in City Council by a unanimous vote, which was teed up by words of appreciation, encouragement, and commitment by several City Council members. More to come soon on what will likely be our first official project effort stemming from the plan. 

We’d like to extend a big thanks first to you, our active and invested neighbors - many of whom showed up tonight. We’d also like to thank our partners at Renaissance Group, who facilitated the process in development of the plan and of course Susan Ajoc and the Neighborhood Partnership for re-engaging the neighborhood for update of the plan and providing important historical perspective.



November Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the 11/12/13 monthly meeting with guest speakers from Domain Homes have been published here:

http://historicuptown.com/library/huna_meeting_111213.pdf

We welcome the 2014 Board of Directors:

Jonathan Chalker
Peter Coles
Spencer Fleury (Honorary)
Lynn Hurtak
James Keane
Linda Letcher
Travis Lueth
Sr. Mary McNally
Anthony Ortiz
Laurie Strauss (Immed. Past Pres)
Shan Vanek



General Meeting is Tues. Nov. 12th

Just a friendly reminder that since today is election day, the meeting that would normally be scheduled for tonight was moved to November 12th

Our agenda for the next meeting will include a guest speaker, Kevin Robles, from Domain Homes. Domain Homes is engaged in a significant amount of development in our neighborhood, which so far appears to be appropriate and potentially beneficial. We’re looking forward to hearing more about their plans and allowing you all to ask some questions.

We’ll also have a vote to formally seat all 2014 Board nominees. This is not a vote on nominees themselves but more a formality. After the nomination deadline, we had the same number of nominees as we have positions, which according to the bylaws allows us to forgo the board voting process and seat all candidates by way of simple majority vote of the assembly.

When seated, our 2014 board will consist of the following members (alphabetical):
 
Jonathan Chalker
Peter Coles
Spencer Fleury (Honorary)
Lynn Hurtak
James Keane
Linda Letcher
Travis Lueth
Sr. Mary McNally
Anthony Ortiz
Laurie Strauss (Immed. Past Pres)
Shan Vanek
 
We give huge thanks to our outgoing members who served Historic Uptown for many years:
April Gausman
Daniel Nix
 
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! 

St. Anthony’s Hospital Classroom D 
Tuesday November 12
6:30 PM Crimewatch
7:00 PM Main agenda



Neighborhood Plan Wins City Planning Adoption

Great news! The Historic Uptown Neighborhood Plan was unanimously accepted by the City Planning Commission. It’s adoption means the inclusion of our neighborhood plan into the St. Petersburg City Master Plan, which opens the door for some good things to happen in Uptown as long as we stay engaged, proactive, and prioritized in our efforts. We were one of the two first to be accepted (Old Southeast was the other) in the city’s re-engagement effort. Next steps: City Council working session on Oct 31 then City Council public hearing in Dec. We’ll keep you guys posted.

Special thanks to the neighbors who came out in good numbers to show support. Also special thanks to Susan Ajoc and Renaissance Planning Group for their facilitation of the plan.



Historic Uptown: Historic Uptown Bungalow Hop - October 19th

historicuptown:

Just a few more days left to RSVP for the Saturday October 19th Bungalow Hop!

RSVP deadline is Wed, Oct 16th.

This is the Uptown version of a progressive ‘dinner’ party. We move from house to house as a group and spend 90 minutes at each house. Each hosting house prepares food for the…



Meeting Minutes / Additional Updates

Minutes from last night’s city- sponsored meeting have been posted here. Be sure to check them out if you missed the meeting.

The biggest news is that we did formally adopt the neighborhood plan, which can be found here. It is a lot of info and we’re working with the city to get a more readable / printable version for you guys and hope to have something very soon.



Bungalow Hop is October 19th!

As a reminder, you can pre-pay for the Saturday, October 19th Bungalow Hop via Paypal and save a couple bucks per person. 3 cool hosts at 3 cool houses - only $15 a piece in advance ($17 at the door) gets you food and some drinks for the night. If you have a favorite beverage, you are encouraged to bring it along. More information here.



Seeking new Board Members

We’re on the hunt for a few new board members for 2014. If you would like to be a candidate, we need to know of your interest by October 8th in order to get you on the ballot (you must also be a paid member as of Oct 8). Please email historicuptown@gmail.com ASAP to express interest or if you have any questions. If you unsure of your association membership status, we can easily check that out for you.



Historic Uptown Bungalow Hop - October 19th

Just a few more days left to RSVP for the Saturday October 19th Bungalow Hop!

RSVP deadline is Wed, Oct 16th.

This is the Uptown version of a progressive ‘dinner’ party. We move from house to house as a group and spend 90 minutes at each house. Each hosting house prepares food for the guests.

There will be 3 lovely homes participating. We’ll rally at the first house at 6PM. If you choose not to pre-pay, please be prepared to pay $17 per person at the first location, which is 541 8th Ave N.

Thornsberry Residence: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Hurtak Residence: 7:30-9pm
Strauss Residence: 9pm till ??

$15 per person in advance
$17 at the door

Cost includes food. soft drinks and limited alcoholic beverage. Strongly encourage you to bring your favorite tasty, frosty beverage.

Your contribution covers food and drink and remaining proceeds will go to HUNA as a fundraiser.

RSVP ASAP (or pay in advance by clicking the image at the top of this web page) - space is limited

Can’t wait to see you then! This is a FUN way to meet your neighbors and see some of the fabulous homes in the neighborhood. Invite your friends!



We have posted the September 3 meeting minutes for review at your leisure.

Click her to view the PDF



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