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July 1 General Meeting!

A reminder that our next General Meeting is at 6:30 pm this Tuesday July 1 at Saint Anthony’s Hospital, Classroom D.

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.

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.

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