Welcome To Our Neighborhoods: Brentwood/Maplewood/Richmond Heights

Brentwood city administrator Chris Seemayer

Q: Favorite community event?

A: Our Brentwood Days Festival, which is always the third weekend of September. It’s a big community homecoming with parades, fireworks, games and carnival rides, and the greatest thing about them is they’re all free.

Q: Best traffic shortcut?

A: Probably a new road we opened last year, Strassner Drive, because it connects Brentwood and Hanley and it’s a good way to get to all of the shopping areas without having to face Eager Road or Highway 40, when it opens.

Q: Favorite way to enjoy the outdoors?

A: We have miles and miles of pedestrian trails. The Lee Wynn Trail is the newest one. It goes down along Rosalie, the Litzsinger area, crosses a creek and goes back through the woods, and for a time it feels like you’re not in an urban area. It connects to Memorial Park on one end and Oak Park on the other.

Maplewood director of community development Rachelle L’Ecuyer

Q: Most fun nighttime activity?

A: There’s a piano bar, Jive and Wail; Black Cat Theatre has a cabaret and theater; and Saratoga Lanes has bowling.

Q: Favorite community event?

A: ‘Let Them Eat Art.’ We have live artists painting, belly dancers, Gumbo Head, they’re a really big Mardi Gras band, and other entertainers, and we have burlesque. We’ll be doing the fourth annual event July 10.

Q: Best Sunday brunch plans?

A: The Bottleworks has a really good brunch. It’s one place where I can take my family and everybody has something they like to eat. My family ranges in age from 6 to 47, so it’s a big deal!

Q: Favorite way to enjoy the outdoors?

A: Our May through September concert series in Ryan Hummert Memorial Park, put on by the Maplewood Community Betterment Association. It’s just a really nice way to enjoy a summer evening.

Richmond Heights public relations coordinator Irene Johnson

Q: Most famous resident?

A: Charles Lindbergh lived here for a while. And there’s a delicious rumor that at one point in time, Chuck Berry lived here. We also have a lot of really well-known citizens, like Marshall Faulk of the St. Louis Rams. And Georgia Frontiere lived here, too.

Q: Favorite community activity or event?

A: It’s got to be our annual Easter egg hunt. Droves of kids come out for that, and in seconds they wipe the place clean. A close second comes a little later in the year, Tons of Transportation. We have all these municipal vehicles on display for kids to see up close and sit behind the steering wheels. 

Q: Most notable home?

A: There’s a street called Bennett Avenue, which was named to the national and state registries of historic places last fall because the homes were built by African American professionals in the mid 1900s. We’ve also got a number of the ’40 Thieves Homes.’ Rumor is that when they took down some of the displays at the World’s Fair, some entrepreneurial spirits took some of the used lumber and brought it here.