Gaslight Square Chatter

The Gaslight Square neighborhood assocation’s been kind enough to invite me to a winter chat at the Grind on Saturday, February 23 at 10 a.m. As a fan of coffeehouses, I’m looking forward to checking out the new Grind, where the conversation will take place. The neighborhood’s newsletter gives the following info:

Saturday, February 23rd at 10 am: Bring your dogs, strollers and sneakers for a walk to our neighborhood coffee shop (The Grind, 4239 Lindell). Take time out to meet your neighbors, get some exercise and pick up some hot chocolate or coffee to stay warm for the walk back home. Meet outside on the Motorworks parking lot at 9:45 am.

Also, get a double treat and hear St. Louis writer and Post-Dispatch contributor Thomas Crone speak about his latest book entitled Gaslight Square: An Oral History. The book tells the full 50 year story of St. Louis’ Gaslight Square – from inception to decline to redevelopment – in the voices by people who were there. The interviews pass through the conservative innocence of the ’50s to the fringe of Beat philosophy to the counterculture of the ’60s an the political turmoil that saw us through the Vietnam War. It also leaves us with more than an enjoyable read or feeling of nostalgia; it leaves us with a deeper historical understanding – of where we have come from as a City, as a nation, and as a people, as well as where we might be headed. 200 pages, hardback with dust jacket. RSVP by Sat, Feb. 16th to Sonja @