Design Workshop lead a process to seek balanced, community
supported, and innovative plans for this significant street.
Within a four month period, Design Workshop conducted an
agressive engagement process that included property owners,
business owners, cummunity organizations, special interest
groups, elected officials, impacted neighborhoods, commuters,
agency partners, city government, and other members of the
general public. A variety of forums were utilized to engage a
diverse cross section of the stakeholders and representatives
in formats that best brought them into the visioning and
implementation process. Such activities included one-on-one
briefings, public informational meetings, special interest
group meetings, on-line surveying, project hotline, and site
tours. Data collected from the various forums directly shaped
the technical team’s development of a draft Master Plan and
construction drawings required to complete the first phase of
Within one month of beginning the project, a major
milestone was reached; community consensus and political
support in the selection of two design alternatives and an
approach to challenging questions regarding future land uses,
parking management, transit, safety improvements, historic
preservation, and the use of funding. The swift progress was
accredited to Design Workshop’s collaborative and transparent
process that encouraged community members and political
leaders to examine relevant analysis, engage in thoughtful
discussion, and address their concerns and desires.
Public meeting attendance was beyond expectations due to the
innovative and personalized awareness compaign and meeting
advertisements. Attendance reach approximately 560 people
from eight meetings. Direction was also solicited through
creative outreach methods such as intercept interviews on the
street, web-based polling, and a phone hotline which allowed
an additional 1,120 people to engage in the process. Meetings
ended with cheers and clapping as community members shared
how enjoyable, engaging, and useful they found the process.
• 67% of participants felt they had a chance to provide
meaningful input to the process.
• 89% of participants felt the planning process had been
• 81% of participants felt the process focused on the most
important issues for South Grand.
• 88% of participants felt that using key pad polling as a way to
gather input was either effective or highly effective.
South Grand Great Streets Initiative
St. Louis, Missouri
Facilitation and Key
East West Gateway Council of
Tower Grove East. Tower Grove Heights. Tower Grove South. Other Tower Grove Neighborhoods (Shaw, Compto... South Grand CID. Other.
I shop here. I dine here. I work here. I own a business here. I live here.
I own property here. I run errands here. I worship here. I visit the library.
Participation in the South Grand Great Streets Initiative represented a diverse cross-section of the
surrounding neighborhoods, as well as a diverse cross section of users.
Instant feedback from polling questions provided
clear direction for moving forward. 29
The width of the sidewalks on South Grand
should… (Select one)
13% 1. Remain the same (12’ width).
2. Be increased.
3. Be reduced.
Which of the following things would make the
Great Street project on South Grand successful?
(Rank your top 2)
24% 1. Newly-constructed buildings.
2. Rehabilitate existing buildings.
3. More businesses.
4. More shopping.
5. Improve property values.
6. Attracting new residents.
In 2009, South Grand Boulevard became one of four Great
Street Initiative pilot projects in St. Louis. The goal of the
St. Louis Great Streets Initiative is to trigger economic and
social benefits by centering communities around interesting,
lively and attractive streets that safely serve all modes of
South Grand Boulevard, known as the “International
Community” of St. Louis, contains unique retail and dining
opportunities and serves as a destination near Tower Grove
Park and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Design Workshop’s
approach included addressing issues beyond the physical
design of the roadway including evaluation of economic,
environmental, community, and artistic components of the site
and translating this evaluation into a master plan that would
forever transform this beloved section of the city.
Although the corridor is already a successful local destination,
the volume and speed of traffic moving through the corridor
and the absence of suitable streetscape improvements
challenges the economic vitality and safety of the district.
Design Workshop is leading a multi-disciplinary team of
consultants to create a master plan for the redevelopment and
revitalization of the South Grand corridor. The collaborative
and transparent public outreach process encouraged
community members and political leaders to examine relevant
analysis, engage in thoughtful discussion, and address their
concerns and desires.
The master plan recommends the implementation of a road
diet, transitioning South Grand Boulevard from 4 lanes
to 3 lanes with shared bicycle lanes and the renovation of
streetscape components including, hardscape, planting, signage
and public art, as well as reducing the automobile lanes from
four to three. The master plan also includes transportation
recommendations for parking, transit and pedestrian
improvements, and an economic analysis and strategy which
includes next steps for management, investment and funding.
The results of this effort will allow the consultant team, along
with the local community and local agencies, to proceed with
final engineering and design for initial and future phases of
South Grand Great Streets Initiative Master Plan
St. Louis, Missouri
Public Outreach Facilitation
and Key Pad Polling
East West Gateway Council of
3D simulation of proposed design
Proposed section to reduce the street from four lanes to three lanes
Plan of a two block portion of the street
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