2 very different experiences<br><br>1.”Barry Williams, who listened to Arnold and Kyser’s pitch, is dubious though not completely against the idea. He’s kept an eye on places nearby that have adopted similar measures. “I’ve watched the neighborhood,” he says. “And I haven’t seen anything that has really benefited the people who are here that have been here.” <br><br>Another man who asks not to be named says that he’s lived his whole life in the Vandeventer neighborhood, that he has seen initiatives come and go without affecting much change. He says he doesn’t expect this one to be much different. <br><br>2. However, plenty of longtime residents are more optimistic. <br><br>William Roth, for instance, is a true believer. The artistic director of St. Louis Actors’ Studio also owns the West End Grill and Pub, which donated the food for the block party. He sits on the SBD’s planning committee. <br><br>In 2005, Roth bought a pair of buildings that were in total disrepair on Boyle about nine blocks south of Delmar. Anything that wasn’t stone or brick had deteriorated and fallen into the buildings’ basements, save for one bathtub that hung precariously from a sliver of an intact second floor. Pigeons had shit everywhere for decades. <br><br>But with the help of state and federal tax credits Roth was able to rehab the structures. They now house his restaurant and the Gaslight Theater as well as several other businesses. “

2 very different experiences

1."Barry Williams, who listened to Arnold and Kyser’s pitch, is dubious though not completely against the idea. He’s kept an eye on places nearby that have adopted similar measures. “I’ve watched the neighborhood,” he says. “And I haven’t seen anything that has really benefited the people who are here that have been here.”

Another man who asks not to be named says that he’s lived his whole life in the Vandeventer neighborhood, that he has seen initiatives come and go without affecting much change. He says he doesn’t expect this one to be much different.

2. However, plenty of longtime residents are more optimistic.

William Roth, for instance, is a true believer. The artistic director of St. Louis Actors' Studio also owns the West End Grill and Pub, which donated the food for the block party. He sits on the SBD's planning committee.

In 2005, Roth bought a pair of buildings that were in total disrepair on Boyle about nine blocks south of Delmar. Anything that wasn’t stone or brick had deteriorated and fallen into the buildings’ basements, save for one bathtub that hung precariously from a sliver of an intact second floor. Pigeons had shit everywhere for decades.

But with the help of state and federal tax credits Roth was able to rehab the structures. They now house his restaurant and the Gaslight Theater as well as several other businesses. "

Two Neighborhoods Ponder a New District Bridging the Delmar Divide

On Tuesday, October 2, as neighborhoods across the country celebrated National Night Out with block parties and barbecues, the gathering on the 4300 block of...
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