Regional/Urban Planning

South Grand Great Streets

St. Louis, Missouri

Bringing a Midwest historic district with international flair back to life as a Great Street

South Grand Boulevard is a culturally diverse historic district, known for its architectural heritage and its multitude of international restaurants. Selected as one of four Great Streets Initiative pilot projects in 2009, the South Grand redevelopment transformed a six-block corridor into a vibrant destination, improving the pedestrian experience, enhancing safety, and providing opportunities for continued economic development. The streetscape enhancement project featured extensive community involvement. The designers analyzed these options using 40 metrics that addressed environmental, social, economic, and aesthetic considerations. The final boulevard design enhances walkability, incorporates innovative stormwater management, and creates a memorable public realm which builds on the character of the community.


  • 2011 ASLA National, Honor Award for Planning & Analysis
  • 2016 APA Missouri, Four Great Places in Missouri
  • 2010 ASLA Central States, Honor Award for Planning & Analysis
  • Landscape Architecture Foundation, Performance Case Study


Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates, TND Engineering, Horner and Shifrin, Inc., RCLCO, Hudson and Associates, LLC, Austin Tao and Associates, Via Partnership, LLP, Urban Trees + Soils, Kowelman Engineering, Bruce Ferguson