Chapter 4: Redevelopment and Success

St. Louisans today know the Central West End as a hotspot for food, dining, nightlife and cultural experiences. This is the story of how some of the brightest minds in the city came together, under one the leadership of one figure in particular, to turn around a neighborhood and inspire a city. 

About this Project

For much of history, we learn about the past from historians, who tell us how events unfolded and what they mean. When it comes to the Central West End, we’re lucky that many of the innovators, big thinkers and prime movers that led its resurgence in the 1970s are still with us today. 

Here, in the most comprehensive oral history of the Central West End in existence, they tell that story in their own words. The interviews collected here were used for the making of the documentary film A Place Worth Saving: The Story of the Central West End.