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Making up one of five neighborhoods in south St. Louis City that encompass the “Dogtown” region, Hi-Pointe is a residential area that covers nearly 0.29 total square miles of land and has, at the time of the 2010 census, a population of 2,196 residents. The neighborhood is bordered by the St. Louis City neighborhoods of Clayton-Tamm, Franz Park, Demun and the St. Louis County municipality of Richmond Heights. It earned its “Hi-Pointe” moniker due to the region being located on one of the highest point of the city. The neighborhood is represented by two Aldermen sitting in the 24th and 28th Wards respectively.
Although once part of the boundaries that make up present-day Cheltenham, Hi-Pointe’s origins began almost 100 years ago when the region was mainly used for farming, clay mining and serving a small airport landing field. As Cheltenham began undergoing more development around the later portion of the 1800s, excitement for the 1904 World’s Fair and being in such close proximity to Forest Park helped the region grow immensely.
It was after the success of the World’s Fair that many plans were in place to develop more residential subdivisions and communities near the site of such a successful event. Eventually the portions of Cheltenham that define Hi-Pointe’s present area split off and formed the neighborhood’s territory as we currently know it today. Many building materials used throughout the World’s Fair also helped in the creation of many residential areas.
Within Hi-Pointe today, there are nearly 750 to 800 distinct homes, business areas, condominiums and apartment buildings.
Residents of Hi-Pointe are served by the St. Louis Public School District.
Hi-Pointe’s gigantic Amoco Sign is a famous landmark found on at the corner of Clayton Avenue and Skinker Boulevard. Holding a world record for being the world’s largest Amoco sign, despite the fact that the Amoco oil company went in hiatus in the early 2000s, the sign still towers over as a tribute to the company’s legacy.
Built in 1922, the Hi-Pointe Theater is one the region’s landmark movie theaters that shows a variety of both Hollywood blockbusters and award-nominated films.
Right behind the Hi-Pointe Theater is the Hi-Pointe Drive-In, a restaurant stop that is bound to serve any hamburger itch.