Dining? Shopping? Entertainment? A Sea of Cars? Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) in partnership with Beyond Housing, Great Rivers Greenway and Metro is helping area residents visualize the opportunities around transit beyond a sea of parking at the Rock Road MetroLink Station on June 5 with a CMT Metro Market. The CMT Metro Market is a part of Beyond Housing’s monthly First Fridays series.
The Metro Market will serve as a ‘pop-up’ market showcasing what could be in terms of shopping, eateries and entertainment at this, and other MetroLink stations, if the community invested in transit-oriented development.
“CMT has been talking about the benefits of building and living near transit for several years. We thought the best next step would be to put our words into action and give the St. Louis community the opportunity to see some of this type of investment in action. When you board or deboard the train, what would you like to see, buy, or enjoy within walking distance of your transit ride?” said Kimberly Cella, CMT Executive Director.
“MetroLink has the opportunity in St. Louis to serve as a catalyst/tool to revitalize some of our neighborhoods experiencing disinvestment. The region invested millions in the award-winning transit system. Now is the time to use that system as an impetus to build walkable, sustainable, mixed-use neighborhoods for the region,” said Cella.
The first CMT Metro Market was held in 2014 at the Shrewsbury MetroLink Station. The second CMT Metro Market will be held on June 5 at the Rock Road MetroLink Station, 7025 St. Charles Rock Road, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Metro Market will feature local food, live music, and much more including:
- Just Press Play Live Band
- The Veggie Patch Urban Farm
- American Lung Association
- Pink House – retail and art on-site for children
- MOBot Master Gardener Education group
- Children’s activities including photo booth, balloon art, face painters, bus photo cutout and more
- Bike Helmet Fittings for children through Cardinal Glennon
- HOSCO Foods (selling microgreens)
- Cooking demo
- Natural Bridge Library promoting Summer Reading Program
- Kona Ice Truck
- Metro St. Louis
- Great Rivers Greenway
- Beyond Housing
- Citizens for Modern Transit and so much more.
The event will also provide the opportunity to hear from community partners including Beyond Housing with their First Friday’s series held monthly from May through September, Great Rivers Greenway on the extension of the St. Vincent Greeway, and Metro on their new downloadable transit app for routing trips.
The CMT Metro Market is a part of CMT’s 30th Anniversary celebration. Check out more events here.