But, what does up and coming mean? It's highly subjective. To me, it's a neighborhood that has already hit rock bottom and it on its way up and will be a desireable, functional, vibrant, active, stable, safe place in 5-10 years. These are neighborhoods that have a plan in place to organize, market and revitalize itself. There has to be an energy and continuity. The plan can include residential rehabs, harboring creative nightlife options, attracting walkable dining, cafes, retail, businesses, etc. A nice park for people to walk their dogs or go to chill, hang out with kids or jog/walk, etc.
You can make an argument for Forest Park Southeast, Fox Park, Benton Park West, Old North, Hyde Park, St. Louis Place, Gravois Park...maybe others.
I think Shaw, Tower Grove South, North Hampton, Southampton, St. Louis Hills, Boulevard Heights, Compton Heights, Holly Hills, Lindenwood Park, etc have already reached the promised land and/or peak capacity. Some I mentioned above have a diversity of residents & incomes and urban/walkable places, some do not. But the above seem to have reached a capacity of some sort, whether it be occupancy or urban framework. That also plays into up-and-coming to me. A place where all kinds of people want to live and feel comfortable. A place with optimism and a future that feels exciting vs. staid and same old same old status quo.
So if you had to vote on St. Louis' most up and coming neighborhood what would it be? You can vote for up to 3.