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From surveys and community meetings, Holly Hills residents have stated that they would like to see the following:

* Overnight patrols from at least 10pm-6:00am making sure that every street is patrolled and helping to make sure cars aren’t broken into and homes and garages don’t have property stolen from them.

* Maintaining all 2-miles of medians in Holly Hills ensuring they are landscaped and the grass is mowed once a week.

* Getting vehicles to slow down and protecting pedestrians. Painting and highlighting crosswalks whenever appropriate. Working with the City to install speed humps on streets and alleys where necessary.

* Installing gates on the 6 vehicular entrances and exits to Carondelet Park to ensure the park is secured each night, which will deter drag racing, vandalism, and any other criminal activity in the park.

* Have a mobile security camera(s) that can be moved to areas of the neighborhood experiencing issues.

* Install appropriate Holly Hills entrance signage and banners.

What Is A Special Business District?

A special business district (SBD) provides funding for neighborhood improvement projects and services.

ūüďĀ Holly Hills SBD Petition

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Judge puts Holly Hills tax district proposal on Aug. 2 St. Louis ballot

Carondelet Park neighbors weigh taxing district for park maintenance, security

Letter From the President

Photo: indah nur

I truly hope that everyone had a fabulous Christmas and would like to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous New Year. I have to admit, outside of the two recent ice storms, we have been fortunate enough to have a pretty mild winter. I know it’s not over, but when you make a trip to Lowe’s and start seeing the Burpee seed packs and setting up with the new outside gazebos and lawn furniture then you know Spring is just around the corner.

I am happy to say HHIA is looking forward to a fabulous year. We will have Steve Butz provide an update on the ‚ÄúCops Walking a Beat‚ÄĚ program. Jennifer Bess from City Seniors will be one of
speakers and also Brooks Goedeker to present information on Special Business Districts at our January 30th meeting at 7:00 PM at the Rec Plex in the Respect Room. Updates from our Neighborhood
Liaison Officer, Neighborhood Improvement Officer and our Alderman.

HHIA has some interesting events we‚Äôre in the process of planning for 2017. Won‚Äôt you please come and join us at the Rec Plex on Monday, January 30th at 8:00 PM in the ‚ÄúRespect Room‚ÄĚ.
Don’t forget it’s HHIA’s annual renewal time for regular membership and business membership. Please visit the HHIA webpage at or mail your checks to HHIA, Attn: Membership, PO
Box 22144, St. Louis, MO 63116.

Thank you.

Anna Baldwin

Letter From the President – December 2016

Photo courtesy of Shannon Henriksen.

I’m hoping that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebrating with family and friends. I am happy to say that Christmas is just around the corner. It’s my favorite time of year, not only reflecting on the birth of baby Jesus but also gathering with friends and family celebrating and reflecting the past year.

At this time I truly would like to thank the HHIA Board Members for volunteering their time and efforts and all of our neighbors for attending our HHIA Meetings to help make Holly Hills a better community. I am happy to say, I feel we have had a very informative year of meetings and a very successful HHIA Grills event and looking forward to the New Year.

We are in the process of finalizing our speakers and look forward to seeing all of you on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the ‚ÄúRespect Room‚ÄĚ at the Carondelet Rec Plex.

I truly would like to express Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone for the upcoming Holiday Season.

– Anna Baldwin

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Letter From The President – September 2016

Delicious BBQ from The Stellar Hog. Photo courtesy of Emily Davis.

Letter From the President

The HHIA organization headed up by chairperson, Lisa Bertke, has been planning the Holly Hills Grills event on October 2nd and I truly would like to personally invite all of you to attend. It will be a wonderful community event for Holly Hills!

Holly Hills Improvement Association will have our next community meeting on September 26th in the Respect Room at the Carondelet Rec Plex at 7:00 PM. Laclede Gas (Spire) will be our first guest speaker and will give Holly Hills’ residents an update on gas lines and meter replacements. Stacy Ross will be giving us information on the upcoming vacancy bond issue, Proposition NS (Neighbor Stabilization) Ordinance. President Baldwin will be sharing and
recruiting volunteers for the upcoming October 15 event called Neighborhoods United for Change. Naturally, our alderpersons will also be on hand to give us their reports along with Andrew Hernandez and Officer Wilson.

We also will be voting on the next term for the HHIA board members. If you would like to become an HHIA board member, please contact me at prior to the meeting I‚Äôm looking forward seeing all of you on Monday, September 26 at 7:00 PM in the ‚ÄúRespect Room‚ÄĚ at the Carondelet Rec Plex.

– Anna Baldwin

Join Us

Feedback the Bees‚Äč

Feedback the Bees
A sign in Holly Hills from July 2016.

Feedback the Bees

Follow up on the bee study. We have some very neat things happening right in our back yards.

In March of 2016 we published Bee Study Coming To Holly Hills

A healthy bee population and the pollination service they provide are critical for our food security. Scientists are concerned as they see bee populations decline. Holly Hills has been chosen as one of two areas for a study being conducted on the impacts of urban landscape on the presence and health of bees.

Feedback the Bees
Sustainability Science Lab Website

Researchers at SLU are looking for15 sites within each of the chosen neighborhoods. If you or anyone you know would like your yard or garden to be part of this research please contact Hannah Ehrlich at

A thriving tree bee hive in Carondelet Park from the Summer of 2016
A thriving tree bee hive in Carondelet Park from the Summer of 2016.
Learn More


Further reading:

Social and Ecological Drivers of Pollinator Health

SLU Partners with Urban Communities to Strengthen Bee Populations

Can cities save bees? How can urban habitats be made to serve pollinator conservation? How can that story be better told? | The Nature of Cities

Wild Bees in the City: Reimagining Urban Spaces for Pollinator Health

Sustainability science for urban pollinator research and conservation

? Use hashtag #FeedbackTheBees in your social media posts to help raise awareness for this worthy cause.

Still want to learn more? Watch this video.

Related content: SLU Project Hopes to Reverse Holly Hills’ Dearth of Bees (PDF)

Letter From The President – May 2016

Beautiful landscaping in front of home on Holly Hills Boulevard.

Letter From the President

Yes, Holly Hills is a wonderful place to live. It’s all about family,
friends & community. I have only resided here about 18 years, but I
was pretty much a gypsy (moved around a lot) before I moved
here. Home definitively gives you roots.

Some of you know me as your President of the Holly Hills Improvement Association. But just a gentle reminder, I volunteer and was elected because I truly care about families, friends, and my
neighbors here at Holly Hills. Spring is in the air, birds are chirping
and sometimes we just need a reminder to stop and smell the roses.

Speaking of flowers, hope to see you at the next HHIA meeting at
the Rec Plex on Monday, May 23 at 7:00 pm. Professor Damon Hall
of Saint Louis University will be speaking and presenting information about the upcoming Bee Study Program in the Holly Hills Community Garden and also interested residents who wish to participate in the study.

HHIA’s additional speaker will be Dan Skillman, City of Saint Louis
Parks Department, will be updating us of the ongoing projects in
Carondelet Park.

Don’t forget you can participate by helping keep Holly Hills and its
Boulevards natural beauty by volunteering designated Saturdays and¬†Wednesdays. See ‚ÄúUpcoming Events‚ÄĚ on the¬†webpage¬†and the Greenspace committee also posts the dates and locations¬†on Nextdoor.

Hope to see all of you on Monday, May 23at 7:00 PM in the
‚ÄúRespect Room‚ÄĚ at the Carondelet Rec Plex.

– Anna Baldwin

Join Us

Bee Study coming to Holly Hills

Photo courtesy of Dixit Motiwala.

A healthy bee population and the pollination service they provide are critical for our food security. Scientists are concerned as they see bee populations decline. Holly Hills has been chosen as one of two areas for a study being conducted on the impacts of urban landscape on the presence and health of bees.

This study, conducted by the Department of Sustainability at Saint Louis University and funded by the Missouri Department of Conservation, is looking to determine what kinds of plant choices are most conducive to bee presence and health. The ultimate goal of the research is to be able to decide what best practices are and promote these practices to the general public.

Researchers at SLU are looking for15 sites within each of the chosen neighborhoods. If you or anyone you know would like your yard or garden to be part of this research please contact Hannah Ehrlich at

Get Involved

New Year’s Resolution: Read a Book!

New Years Resolution Read a Book

When I was a kid and said, ‚ÄúMom I‚Äôm¬†bored‚ÄĚ the answer was always he¬†same, ‚Äúread¬†a book‚ÄĚ. For¬†those of you¬†ready for¬†your next¬†book, we¬†have several¬†in the area.¬†Have you¬†noticed the¬†little libraries in several neighborhood spots? The little¬†libraries are starting to pop up and the¬†rules are easy; take a book or leave a¬†book. There‚Äôs no library card to remember,¬†it‚Äôs all on the honor system.

There is actually a large organization called Little Free Library. Inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s contribution to the public free libraries at the turn of the 20th century, Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse. It was a tribute to his mother; she was a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. Now the network has grown to 36,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and over 70 countries around the world.

There are three Holly Hills locations :

  • In front of Woerner School on¬†Leona (near the mailbox)
  • In front of Grace Church on Wilmington¬†at Leona
  • Near the front of Chulick¬†Funeral Home on Grand¬†and Bellerive

Check out their website if you want to learn more or register your own Little Free Library at

-Eileen Muir

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Letter From The President – November 2015

Anna Baldwin - President of HHIA

I just wanted to say thank you for my recent election as President of the Holly Hills Improvement Association. I’d like to share a little of my background for those of you who were not in attendance at our last HHIA meeting, so you can get to know me better.

I have been on the HHIA Board for the past five or six years and am a resident of Holly Hills going on 17 years. I am very passionate about our beautiful community of Holly Hills and that’s mainly the reason I decided to take on this leadership role. I am recently retired from the construction industry as a project coordinator and now am wearing a parttime sales associate hat at Dillard’s South County. I am still active with the National Association of Women in Construction organization here in St. Louis, of which I am a Past President and have been with the organization since 1992. As your new HHIA President, I know I will be filling my life with some special moments and unforgettable times!

I would like to invite all of you to our HHIA Holiday Gathering on Monday, Nov. 16 at 7 PM a the Marine Corps League at 5700 Leona Street. This is a chance to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere, with some festive treats and a cash bar. We will be selling chances for a holiday gift basket and our usual 50-50 jackpot. All Holly Hills residents and guests are welcome to attend.

~ Anna Baldwin

Help Holly Hills get to 2000 members! Invite your neighbors ¬Ľ
Help Holly Hills get to 2000 members!¬†Invite your neighbors ¬Ľ




Holly Hills Green Space Initiative

We have many great neighbor volunteers

The Holly Hills Green Space Committee (HHGSC), coordinated volunteer Saturdays in July, August and this month of September. Turnout was very low with only a couple of residents showing up to help with major naturalization projects, so our timeline for removing invasive honeysuckle, volunteer mulberry trees and weeds has been delayed. On the bright note, we should finish some bed naturalization projects on Federer Place before fall.

HHGSC is coordinating with the Parks Department on the removal of the defunct planter pots placed around the neighborhood. We hope to start the removal of the very large and heavy pots this fall. The majority of the pots is broken and will be recycled while a few have been adopted by residents and businesses who have taken on the planting and maintenance duties. A round of thanks to them!

We have many great neighbor volunteers! Many adopted beds look fantastic (special kudos to the residents of Belle­rive!) In the coming remaining weeks before cold weather,we hope to schedule weeknight events and perhaps and perhaps one more Saturday even, so watch your email! If you wish to get on the email list, wish to adopt a remaining bed, get plant ideas or request mulch for a public area, contact the committee at:

Important note: the Parks Department does not have vacuum equipment or sweepers to remove leaves from the boulevards, so please blow/sweep all leaves to residential curbs for pickup, not those of the bouelvards or other green spaces witin the neighborhood. Leaves in the boulevard will sit,kill the grass and encourage weeds.

Related: Holly Hills Happenings