A City of Neighborhoods
St. Louis’ many distinct neighborhoods mirror the city’s cosmopolitan diversity. Food, music, and all the attributes of diverse cultures are intact in the city’s tightly knit communities. Jazz and blues—the city’s musical roots—can be heard every night in the Soulard neighborhood. Wonderful Asian restaurants, historic Tower Grove Park, and the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden give a special flavor to the South Grand neighborhood. Some of the finest Italian restaurants in the nation are tucked in a neighborhood called “The Hill.” In midtown, the Grand Arts Center and Entertainment District is home to the Symphony, the palatial Fox Theatre, Dance St. Louis, the Black Repertory Company, and many others. The most visible symbol of St. Louis is its noted Gateway Arch. Designed by the late architect Eero Saarinen and completed in 1965, the Arch symbolizes St. Louis’ role as Gateway to the West.