In a few days, the city of Clayton will kick off its centennial year, and it’s only fitting that we, as a community, join in on the celebration. For the past 100 years, Clayton had led St. Louis in many ways, including being designated a Green Power Community (the first in Missouri and one of only 38 in the U.S.), and being among the first in St. Louis County to adopt a smoking ban in public areas.

As our editorial staff gathered information for our Clayton Centennial pages, we uncovered many other notable things: Clayton’s population 100 years ago was at 1,948. Today, it totals approximately 16,000. Back in the day (circa 1930s), a sandwich at the Parkmoor costs $ 0.17; a cherry Coke, a nickel. And yes, I agree, we all miss the Parkmoor. But we have a host of newer favorites too many to mention.

Indeed, Clayton is on to bigger and better things, and ready for the next 100 years. Our Special Section begins on p. 31.