St. Louis Named a "City to Watch in 2017"

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Move over, New York — it's St. Louis' turn in the spotlight.

On Monday, Condé Nast Traveler announced its "6 U.S. Cities to Watch in 2017." While often overshadowed by New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, the magazine notes, these places are gaining attention for their affordability, spaces to create, and cultural and food scenes, even as their counterparts become more crowded and expensive. And yes, St. Louis made the cut.

Condé Nast Traveler covers quite a bit of ground in its short summary, starting with our food. And no, it's not just about our barbecue (though Bogart's Smokehouse and Pappy's Smokehouse rightfully get recognition, too):

"The city is more than just smoke, ribs, and brisket — in recent years, it's become a foodie paradise: In one (very full) afternoon, you can sample ramen bowls (Vista Ramen), po' boys (Peacemaker Lobster and Crab), and handmade pasta and small Italian plates at Katie's Pizza & Pasta."

The post cites local points of pride including Forest Park, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Science Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden and more.

"St. Louis also has the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S., several world-renowned (free) museums; and a downtown area on the upswing thanks to new start-ups, which are appearing at a rate faster than nearly anywhere else in the country," the writers note.

So basically: Condé Nast Traveler thinks we're awesome.

Baltimore, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Fort Worth and Detroit also made the list. To read the full article, visit cntraveler.com.

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