Saint Louis University President Fred Pestello and SSM Health Region President Candace Jennings doing their best to look like they're not standing in front of a green screen.
Saint Louis University is asking for the public's help in choosing a new name for its redevelopment district.
In partnership with SSM Health, the university has made recent strides toward expanding and developing the half-mile stretch between its Midtown-based north and south campuses. Those efforts have brought two new residence halls and the SLU hospital and outpatient care center to the area, with more exciting developments on the horizon — to the tune of a billion dollars' worth of construction, according to a video promoting the project.
Option 1: Prospect Yards
At the turn of the 20th century, the area west of Grand was known as the “Prospect Industrial District” and was home to many businesses and an extensive rail yard.
Option 2: The 1818
Eighteen rail lines used to run under the Grand bridge, connecting St. Louis to the nation. In addition, 1818 is Saint Louis University’s founding year.
Option 3: The Circuit
This name hearkens back to the area’s rail yard history and acknowledges the prominence of power lines there today.
Option 4: The GRID
Short for the “Grand Rail Innovation District,” this acronym represents the area’s location, historic rail lines and bright future.
Those are fine, sure. But the good people of SLU also left a write-in option open — leading us to believe we could do better.
Here are fifteen more options from your pals at RFT:
1. The New SLUm
3. SLUGRAVANCHO (SLU + Grand Center+Vandeventer+Chouteau)
4. White Haven
5. Alpha Biondiville
6. Kingdom of Heaven, LLC
9. The New, Improved Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
10. Vatican City West
11. Abstinence Hollow
13. The Collar
14. The Big Fish Fry
15. The Cave of St. Ignatius
Feel free to use any of those, or come up with your own! It is unclear how long the polls will be open, but if recent history tells us anything about asking the internet for help with naming things, Midtown residents can definitely look forward to spending time in the dazzling new "Schooly McHospitalface" district.
Watch a video about SLUGRAVANCHO below:
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