Agreed! This neighborhood is the best kept secret in St. Louis! Can't wait for the redevelopment of the S. Grand neighborhood to be complete once they widen the sidewalks next year and make it more pedestrian friendly. I'm glad the neighborhood is finally getting the recognition it deserves!
Best Mile of St. Louis St. Louis 2009 - South Grand Boulevard from Shaw Boulevard to Utah Place
If you decided one day you wanted to see the very best of St. Louis and all that entails, you would need only to take a short jaunt along Grand Boulevard from Shaw Boulevard south to Utah Place. Those nineteen short blocks embody everything that makes our city a magnificent place to live. You'll find not one, but two parks — Tower Grove Park to the west and Compton Hill Reservoir Park to the east. Multicultural dining opportunities abound, from Vietnamese to Thai to Ethiopian to good-old American, and visitors likewise seem to be of every ethnic stripe. Take a side trip down Hawthorne or Longfellow boulevards and you'll encounter some of the most magnificent homes in the Midwest, some lovingly restored, others mirroring St. Louis' more typical faded-glory aesthetic. Interesting and diverse people, beautiful buildings and green spaces, delicious food. It's the best of St. Louis!