The last post of our favorite developments in 2018. This one is cause for celebration. Chippewa Street, Gravois Park and Dutchtown has seen much love this year. Here’s to more smart and sensitive development that respects the built environment and the people that live in this most dense part of St. Louis.
I have to do a little set up to my final two 2018 development posts. I feel these two projects could be the most impactful in years and for those who don’t live, hangout or frequent the Gravois Park area, you need a bit of commentary from someone who loves St. Louis but can see the troubling signs as well.
This is a south city neighborhood brimming with potential. It's a diamond in the rough. There are south city neighborhoods that never went down in quality in terms of property maintenance and residential/neighborhood pride. Holly Hills, Boulevard Heights, Southampton, North Hampton, Lindenwood Park, St. Louis Hills, Princeton Heights are all examples of neighborhoods that have largely remained clean, tidy, safe and well maintained. Gravois Park has slipped from it's original graces and is rough around the edges. BUT...it's lying in wait for continued positivity that is spreading through the neighborhood, with Cherokee Street as the impetus.
Gravois Park, not unlike Fox Park, McKinley Heights, Benton Park West, Marine Villa and Dutchtown are absolutely beautiful neighborhoods waiting for more people who care to bring them back to life. Gravois Park is no doubt on it's way up.