Cherokee Street: This quirky thoroughfare is our readers’
Place of the Year (2015)
Cherokee Street is the spiritual and geographic confluence
of four City neighborhoods, each rich in its own history: Benton Park, Benton Park West, Marine Villa, and Gravois Park. These neighborhoods are, in large part, sources of the
diverse community that has propelled Cherokee Street to its current stature.
For Cherokee Street, 2015 was a busy year: haunted swap
meets, indie craft beer neighborhood crawls, Shakespeare in the Streets, late-night
dance parties, Cinco de Mayo – and Antique Row and the best burritos in the
What makes Cherokee Street work is its people. This
vibrant place is powered by entrepreneurs, Latino immigrants, dancers, artists,
bakers, bartenders, and even the occasional anarchist (see “bakers”). The
relative newcomers seamlessly co-mingle with the residents who have long called
Cherokee home, and together they’ve created one of the most fascinating pockets
our city has to offer.
Second place: “My Own Neighborhood”
The Gateway Arch Turns 50: This milestone is our readers’
Event of the Year (2015)
Fifty years ago, the city’s most complicated engineering
project – and most controversial planning decision – was formally
completed.The final conjoining segment,
bridging the gap between the north leg and the south leg, was slid carefully
and precisely into place and forever captured thanks to photographer Robert
Arteaga. Time stood still on that fall day. At 11am, the Arch was complete, becoming the landmark of St. Louis. No other structure will ever seem
taller or more integral to our skyline.
From its groundbreaking in 1947 to its public debut in
1967, the Gateway Arch took 20 years to complete. That timetable reminds us
that greatness isn’t always recognized when
first proposed. Nor is it built in a day.
Second place: “Uber begins operations”
Photo by Adam Crane. Used with his permission.