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Old 02-20-2020, 12:27 PM
 
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Hi, I am a young professional in my late 20's moving to St. Louis this year for work, and I was wondering how the Midtown area is to live. I am looking at the Coronado Place and Towers apartments that's close to SLU's undergrad campus. I heard Midtown might not have been the safest area in the past, however there have been a lot of new developments in the area and it is becoming a thriving part of the city. Could someone please let me know how Midtown is currently and if it is a safe area to move into?
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Old 02-21-2020, 07:59 AM
 
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Hi there. I live very close to this area - actually in a neighborhood called the Gate District which is very close to SLU's hospitals. Safe is a relative term, that many view in different ways.

Generally peaking, the central corridor communities (those between downtown and Clayton, between Delmar to the north and I-44 or Russel to the south, are generally considered safe with property crime tending to be more relevant. However, gun violence in our nation as a whole seems to be on the rise. It has been said in the past that most violent crime is target, gang or drug related, but there have been instances where innocent victims have been involved. I do not think we in St. Louis are alone in this regard.

And, while these things happen, and are scary (not to down play), for every occurrence, there are examples of many more who are never impacted by the crime. Overall I am happy to live in the city and would not want to move further out to the suburbs that many deep as more safe. The city has a lot going for it, and the central corridor in general. Happy to answer other questions you may have.
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Old 02-22-2020, 05:55 PM
 
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Hi there. I live very close to this area - actually in a neighborhood called the Gate District which is very close to SLU's hospitals. Safe is a relative term, that many view in different ways.

Generally peaking, the central corridor communities (those between downtown and Clayton, between Delmar to the north and I-44 or Russel to the south, are generally considered safe with property crime tending to be more relevant. However, gun violence in our nation as a whole seems to be on the rise. It has been said in the past that most violent crime is target, gang or drug related, but there have been instances where innocent victims have been involved. I do not think we in St. Louis are alone in this regard.

And, while these things happen, and are scary (not to down play), for every occurrence, there are examples of many more who are never impacted by the crime. Overall I am happy to live in the city and would not want to move further out to the suburbs that many deep as more safe. The city has a lot going for it, and the central corridor in general. Happy to answer other questions you may have.
Thank you very much for your detailed reply. Appreciated. So overall, would you recommend living in the area? (Compared to a place like Central West End). The only reason I ask is that some of my acquaintances (who live in CWE) recommended not living in Midtown, however the reviews I read have been mostly positive about Midtown. As someone who has never lived in St. Louis, I just wanted to know the opinion of someone who has, before moving to St. Louis. Thanks again in advance.
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Old 02-23-2020, 06:07 PM
 
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Do you have a particular place in mind?
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Old 02-24-2020, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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At least 10 years ago, that building was pretty much entirely students. Wouldn't be my scene in my late 20s [loud parties every weekend, puke in the hallways, etc]
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:51 PM
 
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The actual name of the neighborhood known as "Midtown" is Covenant-Blu/Grand Center. Most just say Grand Center. Its home to the Fox Theater, Powell Symphony Hall, The Sheldon, Jazz at the bistro and many other bars and restaurants. Yes, it is safe. The numerous event halls keep the street active well into the evening. The CWE is more posh, but does it actually experience less crime? Idk, you'll have to consult the data.

Soon the Foundry StL will be completed and will provide another excellent entertainment and eatery destination in Grand Center (or very close if not technically within the boundaries). Here is the link so you can see what is planned City Foundry – St. Louis – Opening 2020

Also, grand center is very close to the CWE, the Grove and South Grand. So, if its cheaper to live in Midtown, I think you should really consider it. After all, the other great neighborhoods are a short train, bus, or bike ride away.

Also, just for future consideration, try to ask transplants these types of questions. St. Louisans have a tendency to crap on their own town and overplay the crime.
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:55 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Hi, I am a young professional in my late 20's moving to St. Louis this year for work, and I was wondering how the Midtown area is to live. I am looking at the Coronado Place and Towers apartments that's close to SLU's undergrad campus. I heard Midtown might not have been the safest area in the past, however there have been a lot of new developments in the area and it is becoming a thriving part of the city. Could someone please let me know how Midtown is currently and if it is a safe area to move into?
There have been some recent carjacking incidents in that area that have received some media coverage:


Police: Suspects in Midtown carjacking are 13 and 14 years-oldfox2now.com › 2019/09/23 › police-suspects-in-midtown-carjacking-...
Sep 23, 2019 - LOUIS - St. Louis police are looking for a 13-year-old boy wanted for carjacking a ... apartments in the 3700 block of Lindell Blvd. The St. Louis University ... 9:30 a.m. today in a parking garage for Coronado Place and Towers, ...

SLU students ask for increased security after carjackings at off ...www.ksdk.com › article › news › crime › slu-students-ask-for-increas...
Sep 23, 2019 - LOUIS — A St. Louis University finance major, Erin Kress chose ... for her senior year, sharing an apartment with three roommates at Coronado ...

SLU students meet to discuss safety concerns following recent ...www.kmov.com › news › slu-students-meet-to-discuss-safety-concerns-f...
Sep 24, 2019 - Over 50 St. Louis University students met Monday night to discuss safety concerns following two carjackings near campus within the last week. ... petition calling on the property manager of Coronado Apartments on Lindell to ...

I'm not suggesting the area is unsafe based on this but I would say this is something that is happening more frequently in many areas of St. Louis. A woman was just car-jacked at a busy shopping center in Kirkwood where I live.
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Old 03-14-2020, 08:27 AM
 
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Central West End and Midtown are generally safe and enjoyable if you're on your guard. There is one part of Lindell Blvd. as CWE merges towards Midtown (after Boyle Avenue) that is a little sketchy with a noticeable downgrade in restaurants and a security guard at the grocery store (or at least they did). Then, when you get to Midtown, things clear up again. Never had any issues driving through that area at night, but I wouldn't recommend going grocery shopping or anything over there really late.

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