Hi-Pointe showed a decline in population from 1990 - 2000 of 7%, down to 2,454 residents. 86% white, 7% black, 3% Asian and 2% Hispanic/Latino. There are 1,331 housing units of which 94% were occupied, 49% owner, 51% renter. Another similar decline was noted in the 2000-2010 Census where 11% left the neighborhood leaving 2,196 people of whom 85% are white, 7% black, 5% Asian and 4% Hispanic/Latino.
Hi-Pointe is one of three neighborhoods collectively referred to as "Dogtown". And like it's sister neighborhoods Franz Park and Clayton/Tamm, Hi-Pointe judiciously marks its territory with street light banners.
From the Hi-Pointe website:
So there you have it.Recent past history (within the last 100 years) includes farming, a goat farm, clay mining for fire brick and tile manufacturing, and a small airport landing field. There are people now living in our neighborhood who have witnessed many of these changes. Being at the furthest edge of St. Louis, this neighborhood has not been densely settled for as long as many areas farther east. However, people of various persuasions have been here for many years, pursuing various occupations throughout the years.
This area was once considered part of Cheltenham, which now is bordering on the east side of the Clayton-Tamm neighborhood, which is on our east. Cheltenham built up during the 1800's around two main enterprises, several fire-brick and tile companies along Manchester Avenue, and a Tourist Hotel and Health spa near Sulfur and Manchester Avenues.
The 1904 World's Fair in the western portion of Forest Park and part of what is now University City did much to promote this area and to help settle it with more inhabitants. Some of the building materials available when the Fair was over have been used in the Hi-Pointe Area, it is said.
Many people refer to this area as a region of Dogtown. This name has seeming good recognition with neighboring regions, but the name Hi-Pointe is preferred by many residents. We are naturally proud of our neighborhood and seek to promote it as a decent and good place to live.
Hi-Pointe's proximity to Forest Park, I-64, Metrolink, Washington University and the swanky suburb of Clayton makes this a highly desirable location. And, it's an affordable option, unlike the higher priced homes of Wydown/Skinker, DeBaliviere Place and the Central West End that also border the park.
Hi-Pointe is also home to one of THE coolest movie theaters I've ever seen. This place not only shows great films, but the experience is like no other in town. It is legit and soulful in every way. It is not pretentious and it's a true relic of its time. Even the bathrooms (at least the men's room) is cool and unique. And it's much more affordable than other city and county options. If you haven't been to the Hi-Pointe Theater, you're missing out on a St. Louis landmark. It was built in 1922 on the highest point in the city of St. Louis.
the Hill, Lafayette Square, Fox Park, St. Louis Hills or Holly Hills.
But, as seen below, the brick homes in Hi-Pointe are as beautiful as just about any St. Louis neighborhood:
Clifton Heights or Ellendale:
First you have some decent looking condos (aside from the Depot Doors):
Hi-Pointe institutions include the cool firehouse right at the McCausland exit of I-64 and Dewey School (International Studies):
DeBaliviere Place, etc:
I'll leave you with some of the nuance that I discovered along my way in Hi-Pointe: