photograph by Amanda Krebel
The St. Louis Hills neighborhood, one of the city’s youngest, is a beautiful residential neighborhood filled with homes and businesses reflecting both the Art Deco age of their origin and the neon-colored vibe of Old Route 66 (which passed through). Of all 79 neighborhoods in the city, this one is among the most intact and consistently occupied. So how does an entire neighborhood remain so desirable for over 80 years? On one side, the answer lays partially in the work that a devoted neighborhood association does to keep streets clean, parks serene and businesses open. On the other side, St. Louis Hills is an answer to the question, “What happened to places like The Ville and JeffVanderLou?” That said, there is very little not to like about this place, while strolling Francis Park on a warm summer afternoon with a Ted Drewes in hand.
photograph by Jeni Kulka