“I’m moving to St. Louis,” I said, with conviction.
“St. Louis?” They answered, nervously, “Why St. Louis? Must be a really great job. Be careful down there.”
(It wasn’t a great job. And uh, I’ve never felt unsafe here. But thanks?)
If I convince the people that read this blog of one thing, I’ll be happy.
That one thing is this:
St. Louis is the Midwest’s most underrated city, hands down.
When I lived in Des Moines, the city was constantly being awarded impressive titles from Forbes and Fortune and all of the other magazines for being a great city to live in, and rightfully so. It’s a lovely, up-and-coming place to live with fantastically friendly people.
St. Louis doesn’t come by quite as many of those titles (though they did just get one about being one of the best cities to be a writer in… but I can’t find the link #fail). But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great place to live.
I talk often about my dear neighborhood, the Central West End, on this blog. A relatively small percentage of my readership actually lives here in St. Louis. Sometimes I feel like I should chill out on the St. Louis-related posts for this reason.
But here’s the deal:
Loving where you live is HUGE.
Finding the magic in the businesses, bars, parks and people that live within walking distance from you can make you feel 100x more at home in any place, whether you’ve lived there for 10 years or 10 days.
So I’ve decided to continue to be an ambassador for loving where you live. And for sharing my love for the Central West End and the city of St. Louis as a whole.
Do you love where you live? What makes it special or unique?