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WeCollab has been awarded the Congress for New Urbanism International Charter Award. WeCollab is a resident-led collaborative in the West End and Visitation Park neighborhoods, on the western edge of the city north of Forest Park and Delmar Blvd. Their top priority for the West End Plan is to ensure that it spurs equitable investment and action in the area.

Recognized for their authentic commitment to resident-led planning and supported by a community of partners including Invest STL, the City of St. Louis, Cornerstone Corporation, YARD & Company, @Acess, Lochmueller Group, BlackArc, and Vector Communications, WeCollab developed a focused yet comprehensive plan for the neighborhoods of the West End and Visitation Park.  

The residents wrote the request for proposals, selected the consultant, managed the budget, and made decisions. Community members were compensated as part of the team and produced an engagement process, with more than 40 pop-up events in addition to standard community meetings. The jury noted, “This plan is likely to be executed because it was developed from within the community”.

Read the whole article from the Congress for New Urbanism at Public Square: