One of the fringe benefits of moving to the city in the 1990’s was discovering Bosnian culture and food. Have they migrated to the suburbs? Is the Bevo area now ready for another turn? Some thoughts and contemplation on the topic.
Christy Park, according to the city website, is comprised of 16.1 acres of park land, established in 1910. There are no official boundaries listed on that website, so I can only assume that Christy Park and Joseph Leisure Parks are one in the same. There is actually a band of parks that start at Kingshighway and Christy and head south and east toward the River Des Peres, following the Great Rivers Greenway Trail starting near Christy and Holly Hills Boulevards.
If St. Louis is to ever succeed and turn the tides of massive, staggering population losses decade after freaking decade, it will need an influx of immigrants that will save us from declining population numbers. I have a lot of first hand experience with Bevo, as I lived around here for nearly 10 years. Bosnians are saviors of the storefronts along Gravois. There are countless restaurants, coffee bars and watering holes along here. I learned of Eastern European food here and I am forever thankful for the Bosnian influence in St. Louis. These are great, hard working, honest people. Were it not for Bosnians, it would be nearly impossible to get fresh, artisan bread (kruh) and Eastern European delicacies in St. Louis.