From left: Sable Campbell Jones, Jim Drinan, Mayor Francis Slay, Bill Anderson, Tracy Boaz and Lyda Krewson.
photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
October 08, 2014The American Planning Association has named the Central West End a top neighborhood in its 2014 list of Great Places in America.
On Friday, Oct. 17, dignitaries gathered at the Fountain at Maryland Plaza for the official recognition ceremony.
Accepting the award from Jim Drinan J.D., executive director of the planning association and William Anderson FAICP, the association's president, were St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and 28th Ward Alderman Lyda Krewson. Also in attendance were Tracy Boaz, APA Missouri Chapter president; Don Roe, director of the St. Louis planning and urban design agency; Sable Campbell Jones, director of diversity for the city of St. Louis; residents and community leaders.
The American Planning Association cited the Central West End's pedestrian-friendly design, sidewalk cafes, boutiques and historic streetscapes as neighborhood highlights.
The World Chess Hall of Fame and its world's largest chess piece were singled out as a notable attraction, as well as the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and Forest Park.
Visitors and residents alike can play chess on the sidewalk in front of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis in the Central West End.
file photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
Writer's Corner, at the intersection of Euclid and McPherson avenues, was also singled out. The corner boasts busts of literary greats T.S. Eliot, Kate Chopin and William S. Burroughs, and is home to longtime neighborhood independent bookstore, Left Bank Books.
Planning and preservation accomplishments, engaged community leadership, historic architecture and the Central West End's many annual events rounded out the profile.
The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities.
To learn more about the organization and the Central West End's "Great Places in America: Neighborhood" designation, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces/neighborhoods/2014.