Originally published May 27, 2022 for The Narrative Matters
St. Louis has taken some big hits over the decades; losing population like a bad marriage. Yet those that have left only deviated to the county.
The county of St Louis, if you will. Whenever you ask anyone from anywhere within the metro area, where are they from?
They won’t mention suburbs like Ferguson, University City, Wellston or Clayton, they are going to say St. Louis. Because, St. Louis is the focal locale, even after losing almost over 400,000 residents in over 50 years.
A beautiful city that impress upon the Mississippi river to the east, and suburban to the west, where you will find the crashing of the Missouri river. In addition to the powerful symbol that radiates St. Louis’ charm, the world famous Gateway Arch, of The National Park System.
A system that most believe The Arch never should be part of…But I digress.
The Gateway Arch is 630 feet tall, and it reminds the world that St. Louis is in a class all by itself. Even though, St. Louis city limits is smaller than its western neighbor Kansas City, Missouri.
Remarkably, St. Louis has the largest media market and metropolitan center in the state. As a result, its ranking for the MSA is 21st in the United States. Because most people have chosen to live out west in suburban St. Louis, than in the city itself.
And did I mention the free world class consistent no. 1, Zoological Park, located in the US largest urban park Forest Park. Moreover, Forest Park was the host of Missouri’s only World’s Fair in 1904.
Keep in mind, we may have dropped from being the most dangerous town. But, still use caution as you explore.
How to stay safe while a tourist:
- Know where you are going at all times; don’t always rely on GPS, use common sense.
- Do not sit in your car after 2 a.m.; criminals creep at night
- If you know you are a target; females, elders and some soft-males (Especially Caucasians). Don’t be associating with undesirable downtown or near your hotels. Say hi and move on. No lighters, no cell phone use or handing out coins.
- Keep your bulky iPhones and others out of sight. Use the phone and pocket it.
- Keep your jewelry in a safe at the hotel. DON’T walk downtown St. Louis being flashy.
- Car accident, stay in car. Call 911
- Panhandles and the unhoused are not your friends or your charity, please use pre-caution, especially downtown, when handing them money or a conversation.
Don’t be walking around trying to get scammed or car jacked inquiring about drugs.
One last thing, travel with your group, don’t try be curious George, and go it alone, because most criminals look for those who are alone and unfamiliar.
Some great attractions to enjoy during the day:
- City Museum; great for kids and adults
- Forest Park/Zoo
- Busch Stadium/Six Flags St Louis
- Ball Park Village
- The Gateway Arch; not a good option after midnight
- Horseshoe Casino
- Union Station
- Central West End
- City Foundry
- Plaza Frontenac
- Delmar Loop
- City Park Stadium
Some Top Eateries:
- Sugar Fire BBQ Downtown
- Trainshed Union Station
- Peacock Diner in Delmar Loop
- In Da Loop Restaurant
- The Cheesecake Factory Galleria
- Salt & Smoke BBQ Ball Park Village
- First Watch Brunch Restaurant
- The City Foundry
- Tripe City North City
- The Hill
- The Historic Armory (world largest bar)
- Krab Kingz Seafood
Coming soon is the Memorial Day weekend and summer weather fun. So, the St Louis Argus wants you to come to our city, but please watch your surroundings.