Arthur Mehrhoff


I have worked for decades to help people and communities make more informed decisions about connecting their futures to our natural and cultural heritage. Back in the early Eighties while working for the Saint Louis Community Development Agency, I collaborated with famous urbanist William H. Whyte’s organization Project for Public Spaces to examine how pedestrians actually used downtown streets and to design pedestrian improvements that actually reflected their needs. That research collaboration resulted in a successful $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for pedestrian improvements that still serve a public purpose. For fifteen years while teaching at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota, I served as Community Relations Coordinator and subsequently Chair of the award-winning Minnesota Design Team, a pro bono organization that helps small towns use the design arts to envisioning and shaping healthier futures. In 2003 I received a Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Architects for my contributions to sustainability through the Minnesota Design Team.

Since returning to Missouri I have helped communities across the state appreciate and build intelligently upon their heritage in order to create more sustainable economic development and healthy communities. With my colleague Randy Gray, former coordinator of the Missouri Main Street program, we conducted downtown visioning workshops across the State of Missouri as part of Governor Blunt’s DREAM Initiative promoting downtown revitalization. I have also given numerous presentations throughout the state about the role and importance of heritage preservation, serving on the Speaker’s Bureaus of the Missouri Humanities Council and State Historical Society of Missouri. Sir Alfred North Whitehead observed, “Celibacy does not suit a university. It must be wedded to action.” Through the efforts of the Academic Coordinator, the Museum, if not wedded to action, is certainly engaged

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