Mayor Linda Goldstein feels honored to have served the city of Clayton for five years now. Originally from Chicago, she relocated to St. Louis many years ago and was delighted to discover all the great things Clayton had to offer.
LN: Why is the city of Clayton a great place to live?
LG: Clayton has the perfect mix: It has great architecture and great neighborhoods. We’ve got art, and we’ve got parks—those are things that mean a lot to me. You also can walk to great restaurants in a thriving downtown area, but we still have that neighborhood feel.
LN: What do you enjoy most about being mayor?
LG: I enjoy the spirit of community that we have. We have some very talented people who really want our community to thrive and be at the forefront of things that are right and good, like our environmental programs, our school system and the volunteers who help the city’s elected officials.
LN: What is happening in Clayton this year?
LG: There’s been a lot conversation about businesses moving into our community with the economy getting better. We have some restaurants opening: Five Star Burgers is going in on Maryland Avenue, and Zoe Robinson of I Fratellini is opening a new restaurant at the former Wydown Shoe Repair. Taste of Clayton is back on June 3, and we’ve got the 20th anniversary of the Saint Louis Art Fair this fall. Our farmers market is growing, and Parties in the Park on Central Avenue recently started up again, so we’ve got a lot of great things happening yet this year.
LN: What plans are on the table for the city?
LG: Around the holidays, we have a function called All That Glitters. It’s a Friday night shopping event with carriage rides, chestnuts out on the street, ice skating with Frosty the Snowman and fireworks in Shaw Park. This year, the event will be on Dec. 7 and will officially kickoff the year-long celebration of our centennial anniversary! Clayton was incorporated on April 14, 1913, and to celebrate, we’ve got a lot of exciting things on the drawing board. There will be a special celebration on the Fourth of July—and there may be a big gala—but we also want to do a strategic plan. We’ve started a big community outreach to learn what the citizens of Clayton want to see in the next five to 10 years. We will have that finished at the end of this year, and it will be the community’s plan.