Back in the early/mid-1980s, I often ventured down to Laclede’s Landing, to enjoy a fairly wide offering of venues: bars, restaurants, music clubs, even a wax museum. The area always had a unique feel to it, and it seemed that it was just waiting to live up to an even greater potential.
Enter Jill Beaverson, the new executive director of the Laclede’s Landing Neighborhood Association. She has a vision for a new awakening of this great area. In a May 16 interview in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, she opines that “Laclede’s Landing can be just as famous and exciting as the French Quarter in New Orleans, Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., and North Beach and Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. We are capable of that,” she says.
One ingredient essential to spur activity, development and vitality to any city is people—preferrably permanent residents. Well, that piece of the puzzle may also be on the horizon, in the form of a 30-story apartment tower. Right on the riverfront. Right at the heart of Laclede’s Landing. This could generate even more development in the area. And, owing to its proximity to the Washington Avenue loft district it could be good for both the Landing and the lofters, as a steady stream of patrons— tourists and residents alike—could easily stroll between two exciting districts.
Laclede’s Landing is a great treasure, with its own look and feel. Now, it may be poised to live up to the potential that’s always been just below the surface.