This was my boyhood neighborhood, before my career took me to live in six U.S. cities and several foreign assignments. Somehow, this mile stretch is still special, having seen all of those other places. I try to get back to it, at least twice a year. People who live in this area are blessed with an abundance of riches...the kind that will make you whistful once you leave. The treasure shows signs that good people are taking care of it. I see that with each visit.
Best Mile of St. Louis - 2007
Magnolia Avenue from Kingshighway
to Grand Boulevard
It's no secret that the Missouri Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park are two of this city's many jewels. One is manicured and well-ordered; the other is wilder and slightly overgrown. A drive (or walk, or bike ride) heading east on Magnolia Avenue from Kingshighway to Grand Boulevard provides a glimpse of both nature preserves. The Garden, to the north, offers a peek at the lake and some covering foliage. Tower Grove Park is your companion to the south for the entire stretch of Magnolia, its ball fields and stone edifices dotting the view along the way. Officially, the mile is over by the time you hit Lawrence (look for the weeping willows in the park), but stay with it all the way to Grand, then either ride around the park to the south side or hang a U-turn and see it all over again.