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Neighborhoods and Living
Nationally, Saint Louis has been ranked among the nation's top cities as one of the best and most affordable places to live and raise a family. This is due to the multitude of opportunities to participate in cultural events and recreational activities.
Though Saint Louis is a metropolitan area, you are never far away from Missouri's other wonders. From the rolling hills of wine country to the vast number of rivers and caves, living in Saint Louis provides you with a city feel with an adventurer's attitude.
Since people of different cultures founded Saint Louis there are distinct historical districts that have developed. Some of these neighborhoods include, the Central West End, Cherokee Street, Chinatown, Delmar, Grand Center, the Hill, Laclede's Landing, Lafayette Square, Soulard, Tower Grove and South Grand, and many more.
As you explore St. Louis, take note of the street names. These street names such as Lafayette, Chouteau, and Laclede, all close to SLU, are tributes to the founders of our great city.
Central West End is a residential area with a mixture of commercial, industrial and institutional interests. Its rich architecture were designed by well-known St. Louis architects such as NW. Albert Swasey, Barnett, Haynes, and Barnett and Weber and Groves. Also the Central West End is the home of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. The Cathedral Basilica is the home of one of the largest collections of mosaics in the world.
Cherokee Street is a mix of the old and the new. It is the home of a thriving Hispanic population. Like many of the St. Louis neighborhoods it hosts many different authentic restaurants and groceries. Cherokee Street is also known for its Cinco de Mayo celebration each year. Also, this is the home of many upcoming young artists.
Chinatown, also known as Hop Alley, was originally established near Downtown St. Louis. Though demolished between 1958 and 1966, Chinatown now exists along Olive Boulevard in University City. Even though it has not been designated as an official Chinatown, you will find a taste of home in the many Chinese businesses including groceries, restaurants, and teashops.
The Delmar Loop is just a bus or MetroLink ride away from SLU and is the home a vibrant six-block district. The "Loop" is all about entertainment, dinning, and shopping. As you walk the sidewalks in the "Loop" don't forget to look down. On the sidewalk you will see the brass stars of famous St. Louisans accompanied by informative plaques. It is the home of Blueberry Hill, a nationally renowned restaurant and music club visited by many famous musicians. Also the Tivoli Movie Theater, the Pageant, Pin-Up Bowl, and the Moonrise Hotel are features. The "Loop" is also a cultural center with the Regional Arts Commission and Center of Creative Arts (COCA).
Grand Center is a unique place just north of SLU's Frost Campus. Promoted as a "playground for the senses", Grand Center is a place where culture collides with art. This small area hosts about 1,500 cultural events each year that help feed the "mind, body, and soul."
The Hill is a community that attracted Italian immigrants in 1890's for work in clay factories. Today, the residential community consists of single story, single family homes. The main attractions, however, are the famous Italian restaurants.
Laclede's Landing is a historical trading post established by Pierre Laclede Liguest and Auguste Chouteau. Today this district is the oldest and only riverfront attraction for dinning and entertainment. The "Landing" as known by locals is the home of fifteen restaurants, bars and nightclub, retail shops, theaters and attractions.
Lafayette Square located less than a mile east of the SLU Medical campus was the first "suburb" of St. Louis located only a mile from downtown and the Mississippi River. Today through grassroots efforts this Victorian neighborhood has been restored to preserve a piece of history that was almost lost.
Soulard is a historical district in southeast St. Louis that is known for its Mardi Gras and Bastille Day celebrations. Named for Antoine Soulard, this district is the home of the famous Soulard Market, a public market for local vendors and shoppers alike. Some of the ethnicities represented in this neighborhood are Germans, Irish, Bohemians, Slovaks, Croatians, Lebanese, and other immigrants each adding their own flavor to this diverse neighborhood.
Tower Grove East is a neighborhood just south of SLU on Grand Boulevard that embodies community spirit and architectural intrigue. This neighborhood embraces different cultures through local restaurants, markets, and shops.