How to Attract More people To St. Louis and Change its Image
Posted in the St. Louis Forum
#1 Feb 27, 2013
I have spent years abroad and in country in military service and I have acquired two college degrees and over the years I have traveled to some east coast cities and some west coast cities. I have also meet a number of people from these cities who have been to St. Louis or know others who had. One of the most common dislikes they had about St. Louis was that the pace of life was slower, too slow infact and that the tempo was just not as upbeat and as exciting as it is in many east or west coast cities and they were bored with St. Louis after a few months and were ready to leave. Another big complaint that they had about St. Louis and I would agree with them on this one is that after about eight or maybe nine o’clock at night accept for a few places there is not a lot to do in St. Louis. The city is basically dead after that. I think the city has improved since the Washington Loft district has been renovated downtown, but not really enough.
Though they are not typical remarks about St. Louis, I’ve even heard some go so far as to say it is just another little red neck town in the Midwest or that it is just a big old country town or even a big hick town. These are not however typical opinions about the city. I beg to differ, I think St. Louis has a lot to offer I think it is in ways just as sophisticated, cultured and exciting as a lot of other metropolitan areas.
Some of them had no complaints with St. Louis and they adjusted very well to it. Some even said they liked the small town fell you experience in the middle of a fairly decent sized metropolitan area with many of the amenities and conveniences you get in an even larger one.
Since the city is basically sleep after about eight pm, I think if it had a location like a few blocks of a street, like a strip maybe with trendy and exciting clubs, theaters, restaurants, coffee houses, bars, shops and more, that are similar to some of the ones we already have in places like Soulard, the Del Mar Loop, the Central West End, the Landing and maybe the loft district downtown, that it is well lit and maybe even with neon signs. This place would have to be a few blocks long more like the Loop and practically everything would have to stay open 24 hours a day. It would have to be a part of the city that never slept, that was fun to go to and that attracted a young and a middle aged crowd. It would have to be a place where anything goes, of course within reason but yet totally St. Louis and not an east or a west coast imitation.
I think this would change some out of towers opinions about St. Louis.
Are there any projects on the drawing board to make something like this happen?
What are your comments?
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