Downtown St. Louis

Known simply as “Downtown” by many … Downtown St. Louis is located right in the heart of St. Louis City. It is the city’s central business district and a true hub for tourism, sports, entertainment and several corporate headquarters. The area is bounded by Cole Street at the north, Chouteau Avenue towards the south, the river front of the Mississippi at the east and Tucker Boulevard at the west. Covering nearly 1.01 total square miles of land, Downtown’s population at the time of the 2010 census was recorded at 3,721 residents. It is represented by two Aldermen sitting in the fifth and seventh Ward.

Downtown St. Louis’ formation dates back to the formation of St. Louis as a whole. French fur trader Pierre Laclède chose the land of St. Louis for forming a city based upon its close river access that allowed for easy trade and transference. In fact, the area that makes up present-day Downtown St. Louis served as his ideal spot to partake in fur trade with Native Americans within the area. 0 Growth for the community was slow, but many French colonists moved from the eastern portion of the Mississippi to escape British Rule when the Seven Year’s War concluded in 1763.

By 1804, the population had tripled as the Louisiana Purchase from the previous year brought forth a flood of immigrants to the growing community. Thanks to the steamboat’s impact on the area during the early 19th century, St. Louis was quickly becoming a vigorous hotbed for American commerce. Being able to trade and receive goods from across the globe thanks to the Mississippi River brought even more settlement to St. Louis as the population grew to nearly 15,000 in 1836. Although initially more residential, many businesses were taking advantage of this growth spurt for the community and present-day St. Louis became more commercial in nature.

Residents of Downtown St. Louis are served by the St. Louis Public School District.

Downtown St. Louis Official Website

Traditions

Several major educational buildings are located within Downtown St. Louis including the headquarters of the St. Louis Public School District, The St. Louis University School of Law and a newly opened Webster University campus.

Busch Stadium is the home of the world-famous St. Louis baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. The current stadium opened to the public in 2006 after the original, Busch Memorial Stadium, was demolished by wrecking ball in late 2005. Busch Memorial Stadium operated for 40 years in 1966 to 2005. A commercial area, named Ballpark Village, was built next to the stadium over where the former stadium laid.

Is there a St. Louis landmark as easily recognizable as the Gateway Arch? At nearly 630 feet, it has the claim to fame of being the world’s tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere and the state of Missouri’s tallest accessible building. Construction began in the early winter of 1963 and the landmark was open to the public in 1967.

Opened in 2007, Lumière Place is a casino and hotel resort that oversees the Mississippi River and is within walking distance of both Busch Stadium and the Edward Jones Dome. At nearly 75,000 square feet, the casino has nearly 1,800 slots, 55 tables, a 13-table poker room and a 453-seat theater that holds live entertainment.

Location

Community Contacts

Aldermen Tammika Hubbard - Ward 5 (314) 622-3287
Aldermen Jack Coatar - Ward 7 (314) 622-3287
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Bernard Powderly - Ward 5 (314) 657-1366
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Sandy Colvin - Ward 7 (314) 657-1357
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Andrew Hernandez - Ward 13 (314) 657-1368