This is one of St. Louis' best known neighborhoods due to its history and identity as an Italian-American enclave. This is truly one of the most vibrant, interesting neighborhoods in the entire city. I'll warn you, I usually try to keep my photos right under the 100 mark, but the Hill just has too much going on to limit it to 100 photos, so this post will have ~130 photos! There's just a lot to like about the Hill, and I wanted to shed some light on the lesser known parts of the Hill. And frankly, it's one of my favorite places to visit and it's one of St. Louis' most urban and self-sustaining neighborhoods.
If you wanted to live here and you are a cooking/food enthusiast, not only could you walk to get your groceries and supplies, you could walk to one of SEVERAL independent, Mediterranean style groceries and bakeries with plenty of homemade meats, cheeses, pastas, breads, desserts, etc. Di Gregoio's and Volpi (if you haven't had their prosciutto, you're missing the boat) are my two favorites.
Garagiola grew up here. The Italian pride can be seen all over the neighborhood with nods to the green, white and red Italian flag:
gameday, the joints are a hoppin':
STL region, the Giro Della Montagna that takes place in September and is quite a sight to behold:
bocce you can play outdoors at Milo's or there in the private Italia-American Bocce Club who open their lanes up to the public for a winter youth league:
WEW 770 am radio is the oldest radio station west of the Mississippi River and the second oldest in the country (Pittsburgh's KDKA beat us by a couple weeks). It was started in 1921 and owned by St. Louis University for ~40 years. It has been located in Busch Stadium, Clayton, Soulard and now on the Hill. If you haven't listened, it's a great mix of American rock, pop and country oldies and Bosnian/Crotian/Serbian programming to cater to the large Eastern European population of St. Louis:
The area in the north west corner of the Hill is largely occupied by the many local unions that operate in the region as well as distribution facilities and services. There are great examples of mid-century modern architecture to take in on this part of the Hill:
The Hill lost 100 homes to construction of Interstate 44, which divided The Hill’s northern tip from the rest of the neighborhood. But Polizzi’s group successfully fought for a highway overpass to bridge the community. The group also defeated development of a drive-in theater and illegal underground dumping of waste water from a nearby manufacturing plant. Today’s challenge is maintaining The Hill’s ethnicity, so “it doesn’t become a neighborhood that used to be known for its Italian heritage,” Hill 2000 president Tom Stremlau said.The former Southwest bank at Kingshighway and Southwest was the site of a notorious bank robbery that was made into the 1959 film "The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery" starring Steve McQueen shot in St. Louis. The bank is now called M & I:
"Fredo, you're my brother and I love you. But don't ever take sides with anyone against the family ever again, ever":
Bevo continues to be the Eastern European draw that they are today. And, above all, I hope we keep our city open to the next waves of immigrants that will help establish St. Louis as the greatest city in the middle United States.
Congratulazioni alla collina!