So who lives in this part of our fair city? The 2000 census counted 17,222 residents, making Dutchtown the most populous neighborhood in the city at the time. (3% increase from 1990's count). 50% white, 40% black, 5% Asian and 4% Hispanic/Latino. But, the momentum was not sustained from 2000-2010, where an 8% loss was observed and racial shifts continued as well: 51% black, 35% white, 8% Hispanic/Latino and 6% Asian.
8,445 housing units were counted of which 81% were occupied, 41% by owners, 59% by renters.
Dutchtown was the first neighborhood I moved to when coming to St. Louis in 1994. I think my rent was around $225/month. Not bad for a recent college grad with no money. I fell in love with the City with Dutchtown as my home base. At that time I rode my bike everywhere and Dutchtown was VERY walkable and easy to get around with many intra-neighborhood businesses, etc. It was a nice place to call home then and now.
Dutchtown takes its name from from Deutsch, i.e., "German", as it was the southern center of German settlement in St. Louis in the early 19th Century. The neighborhood was designed with pride and craftsmanship; it was built to last.
Dutchtown is huge in area and is almost like it's own small town. It has a hospital (Alexian Brothers), a private Catholic high school (St. Mary's), a Ford dealership (McMahon), a pharmacy (CVS), light industry, many churches, locally made treats (Companion Bakery, Merb's Candy, Dad's Cookies) and many many positive places that have popped up over the last 10-15 years (Grbic, Urban Eats, Maude's Market, Feasting Fox, Banh Mi So, etc). It's got 4 potential commercial corridors (the insanely abandoned but super cool Meremec, Chippewa, Grand and Broadway) and tons of great St. Louis-classic houses and apartments of all shapes and sizes. Dutchtown is a perfect example of the gritty cool vibe that St. Louis has. And then there's the oldest remaining St. Louis location of the wildly popular local treat: Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. The Dutchtown location is on Grand and Kingsland Ct. The first Ted Drewes location was in Florida, the second on Natural Bridge in North St. Louis, the third is the Grand location opened in 1931 (source).
Built in 1917, Marquette Center is located in Marquette Park. The park features two softball fields, a soccer field, playground and three tennis courts. Originally, the center was a locker and shower facility for the swimming pool. After the city renovated the building into a community center, the Thomas Dunn Foundation donated funds to build an air-conditioned gymnasium at the site. The Marquette Center has a crafts room and a multi-purpose room. Children can enjoy soccer, gymnastics, fuzzball, wiffle ball, tumbling and game room activities. Co-educational sports include basketball, softball and volleyball. The park is named in honor of Pierre Marquette. The original swimming pool was constructed approximately 1904 with a sand and gravel bottom. Approximately 1930 the bottom was covered with asphalt. This land was originally acquired from the Board of Children's Guardians. (source)
The southern half of the park site was purchased by the city in January of 1962 at a cost of $55,250 from the St. Louis Board of Education, who sold the city the northern half of the contiguous site for $55,250 in August, 1963, following a fire which destroyed the Dunnica School building. Funds for the purchase of the site came from the 1944 and 1955 bond issues. Amberg Park was designed by Landscape Architect, Robert E. Goetz and Associates in 1966 and construction began during January, 1967. The park was named in honor of Richard H. Amberg (1912-1967) for his personal distinction and his contributions to the parks and playgrounds of the city. He also served as publisher of the Globe Democrat. (source)