BSA’s current project! We are raising funds to construct a public park on the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard here in St. Louis. The park will be in honor of Dr. King and dedicated to the people who helped shape the culture of St. Louis. It will be an attraction for the city and the region where people can learn about Dr. King’s dream. This park will inspire the community of St. Louis to spur on additional improvements to the city.
A community area for family play time or quiet reflection.
A place to gather for music, speeches and rallies.
- The Park will have the following features:
- -Donor recognition opportunities
- -Information signage and exhibits
- -Raised platform stage as a central feature
- -Phase II shelter for shade and rain protection
- -Illuminated metal MLK sculpture on building wall
- -Location for Corner sculpture
- -Improvements to site drainage
- -Features that are resistant to vandalism
- -Gathering spaces for both large events and small groups
- -An efficient setup for sound and lighting
- -Safely laid out and securely lit
- -Tables and benches
- -Handicap accessibility
- -Planting areas that are easy to maintain and low-cost to build
- -Attractive and inviting circular walkway
BSA has chosen the field of Urban Agriculture, Agri-business, hydroponics, horticulture, aquaculture for one of the first commercial redevelopment pilot demonstration projects. BSA has partnered with Square Fruit Labs to create a new system to grow vegetables by the way of hydroponics and aeroponics. These vegetables can be grown all year round which is best to get the area on MLK, considered food desserts. Vegetables grown this hi-tech way will be 3 times fresher than the ones you get from your local grocery stores.
The Pilot demonstration project has been preliminarily identified as the Urban Hydroponic Factory
A new business that will generate jobs and employment opportunities for residents in our MLK Street Corridor
We will partner with the St.Louis Education Institutions to promote Hi-tech career training in the Hydroponic technology and for purchasing and for the use of the produce
This will create the first of many agri-business locations that BSA plans to initiate as urban neighborhood
based high-tech mid size companies in the region
Commercial restoration through the re-vitalization of the Streets cape by encouraging retail opportunities in business sectors of the MLK Drive Corridor.
Create new market places for public interaction and cultural exchange provide produce for other businesses in the area
Graham Hill has a long history of being involved with the Denver and Boulder Community. The Civil Rights historian has worked for transit, bicycle and CarShare opportunities for all citizens.
In 2004 he traveled and spoke about transit expansion into many disadvantaged areas on behalf of the Regional Transit District. The Fast Tracks initiative was past and now Denver has one of the best transit systems in the US.
Hill founded eGo CarShare in 2009. He brought CarShare to Denver and has been successful in introducing it into areas of need and disadvantaged areas.
One of his true loves is the bicycle! Hill believes strongly that a sound bicycle infrastructure helps build a community. He has had a bike shop and has been instrumental in further developing the culture around bicycles. Bicycles level the playing field in a community, and bring needed transportation and exercise. They also provide great opportunities for gatherings and job generation with Bike Share, Pedicabs, Food delivery etc.
Hill is currently working as the Founder of Shared Paths of Boulder a not for profit designed to create a path culture-away from streets. By encouraging walking, biking, skateboarding and other means to travel on America’s Premiere Urban Path System, he hopes to build a culture that prefers to be on a slower and safer system. His initiatives around community engagement and Stewardship he hopes to be able to transfer to other areas around the country.
Hill has credited much of his beliefs and philosophy around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr King has inspired him to always look to see how he can help out those in need. Hill is drawn to assist in African American communities and MLK Beloved Streets because of a strong belief in that we all should have a chance to have equal opportunities without judgment.
African American Cultural Sub-district
St. Louis has a rich history with African American culture dating back hundreds of years Beloved Streets of America is devoted to preserving that history and inspiring young black artists.
“African American history museum and cultural sub-district” is a proposed political sub-district devoted to celebrating the prominent black singers, artists, writers, and thinkers of St. Louis.
(Famous French entertainer, Josephine Baker got her start in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the first American woman to be honored with a French military burial after her death in 1975. Photo credit: Michael Ochs, Getty Images)
The Zoo Museum District currently supports five public sub-disctricts: the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the St. Louis Zoo. A Missouri law passed in 2005 allows for the inclusion of an African American Cultural sub-district by public vote.