Welcome To Our Neighborhoods: Downtown

photo by Jason Mueller

Kevin Farrell, Senior Director of Economic and Housing Development at the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis

Q: Most famous resident?

A: Several professional athletes, media personalities and news anchors live downtown. Probably the most famous residents are David Robertson and his wife, Orli Shaham. She’s a concert pianist and he’s the conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Q: Best way to spend a day?

A: So many people love the fantastic buildings here. I recommend starting at the new ArchiCenter on Washington Avenue, then doing an architectural tour of downtown and mixing that in with shopping and dinner.

Q: Most fun nighttime activity?

A: Certainly dinner on Washington Avenue. Flamingo Bowl is a very popular activity. And the Sky Terrace at Lumiere Place is a fantastic place with amazing views where you can enjoy entertainment and have drinks outside.

Q: Favorite community event?

A: In terms of a special event, Taste of St. Louis in September—lots of great restaurants, entertainment, activities and art. The Susan G. Komen race in June is also an amazing community event.

Q: Most notable home?

A: From a historic standpoint, the Campbell House on Locust. They’ve just done a major renovation and it’s a beautiful, historic home. There are also lots of great houses and penthouse units in the loft conversions, especially that of Dave Checketts, who has a two-story apartment with a wrap-around balcony and great views of the Arch and downtown.

Q: Best traffic shortcut?

A: One of the best things about downtown is you can walk pretty much anywhere. But the best traffic shortcut would have to be the MetroLink.

Q: Best walking area?

A: The Arch grounds and the riverfront.

Q: Best Sunday brunch plans?

A: We’ve got a couple of great restaurants, Rooster and Crepes in the City, but it’s tough to beat Top of the Riverfront at the Millenium Hotel. The restaurant revolves, so you get 360 degree views of the skyline and the Arch.

Q: Favorite way to enjoy the outdoors?

A: Most people would say the best way is a Cardinals game at the new Busch stadium. But we also have two new public spaces that are going to be opening in the next couple of months. The Old Post Office Plaza will be a beautiful public plaza with a grove of trees, a water feature and a public sculpture. City Gardens is a $30 million park that will include plantings from the Missouri Botanical Garden, 20 to 30 sculptures and a restaurant.

Q: Best way to entertain the kids?

A: The City Museum.

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