Following the example of the "Garden District", another coalition of city neighborhoods has pulled together to work to improve their combined area.
The area, roughly bounded by: Vandeventer at 40, southwest along Vandeventer to the RR right-of-way, then west along the RR right-of-way over to Manchester and Macklind, west on Manchester to Hampton, north on Hampton to 40, and then east on 40 back to Vandeventer has been dubbed "Forest Park South" and includes all of the Forest Park Southeast, Kings Oak, and Cheltenham neighborhoods.
One of the area's first goals is to work for the improvement of the corridors along Manchester, Chouteau, and Oakland Avenues. From a marketing perspective, Forest Park South is the host of this year's area house tour, featuring properties in Forest Park Southeast, the Garden District, and the Lofts at the Highlands. The house tour will take place September 24th from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Registration is $5. The tour will feature a Resource Fair, Art Vendors, and a "Taste of Forest Park Southeast".
The idea of neighborhoods working together to foster community improvement, while still preserving individual neighborhood identity, is a good one with lots of potential in city neighhborhoods.