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With your support, a new look, a new website, and a bright future for NEXT STL are ready to launch!
With your support, a new look, a new website, and a bright future for NEXT STL are ready to launch!
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We need your support to become the next NEXT STL!

Your generous contribution will help us to achieve the following:

  • Launch our first e-newsletter
  • Complete a truly modern and mobile-friendly website design, our first online overhaul in three years
  • Fully implement our new branding effort led by the design and branding geniuses at TOKY
  • Solicit a wider range of writers and contributors

NEXT STL began nearly 10 years ago as a platform to share news about a changing St. Louis. The site now incorporates the Urban STL forum and various social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

In 2017, the website continues to chronicle our changing city, offering an informed perspective on the choices we face and the decisions we make. Sacrifice, dedication, and help from an incredible cast of volunteers have kept the site growing. In 2016, NEXT STL registered more than 3,000,000 pageviews. As the audience grows, so does the effort required to keep the website accessible, relevant and engaging.

Bringing the Urban STL forum back into the NEXT STL fold has been a great way to promote informed discussion. Maintaining the forum requires time, energy and resources.

Launching the Future Great City podcast has brought a new dynamic to our civic discourse. It, too, represents a significant commitment of time, energy and resources.

Curating and maintaining the 2,300 published articles and podcast episodes as a detailed and comprehensive history of the region's development also cannot be accomplished without adequate time, energy and resources.

A new look, a new site design, and investments in hosting, archiving, and technology are necessary for the future of the site. Your support is vital to ensuring that NEXT STL continues to thrive.

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Rewards:

The NEXT STL logo T-shirt
The NEXT STL logo T-shirt

 

A Walk in 1875 St. Louis Almanac
A Walk in 1875 St. Louis Almanac

 

St. Louis sketch prints - by Peter Rush
St. Louis sketch prints - by Peter Rush

 

Risks and challenges

Over the past decade, NEXT STL has been produced largely by Alex Ihnen, with generous contributions from many. Our challenge is managing the growing demands of a high-traffic online platform. Ultimately, the risk is that the site becomes less and less manageable as traffic and demands increase. Some component of the NEXT STL requires an update or fixing daily. The worst case is that content is no longer accessible, the site no longer functions, and the online community is no longer supported.

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    Your name in lights, online!

    As a big THANK YOU, your name will scroll on the NEXT STL website for millions to see!

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    NEXT STL T-shirt by Art Farm

    It's the new NEXT STL logo from the geniuses at TOKY Design, put on a T-Shirt by Art Farm!

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    One Peter Rush sketch print

    Choose one of three sketch prints of St. Louis by architect and artist Peter Rush. Choice includes Olive Street, Washington Avenue, or Eads Bridge. Each print measures 16x20in.

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    A Walk in 1875 Almanac

    A copy of the out-of-print "A Walk in 1875 Almanac" detailing the incredible exhibition presented by the Missouri History Museum. The almanac details the exhibition's imagery and information in a beautiful graphic style. (This reward made possible with support from the Missouri History Museum)

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    One Peter Rush sketch print + T-shirt

    Choose one of three sketch prints of St. Louis by architect and artist Peter Rush. Choice includes Olive Street, Washington Avenue, or Eads Bridge. Each print measures 16x20in.

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    Peter Rush sketch prints (3) + T-shirt

    You get all three sketch prints from architect and artist Peter Rush: Olive Street, Washington Avenue, or Eads Bridge. Each print measures 16x20in.

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    Peter Rush sketch prints (3) + T-shirt

    You get all three sketch prints from architect and artist Peter Rush: Olive Street, Washington Avenue, or Eads Bridge. Each print measures 16x20in.

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    T-shirt, Prints, & coffee

    The T-shirt, all three prints, and coffee with Alex Ihnen, editor/owner of NEXT STL, and a lot of pride in knowing you help make NEXT STL possible!

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