Later this week, St. Louis will be cast in the national spotlight when 43 of the nation's most dynamic urban visionaries converge in the Red Brick Mama for the 3rd annual Next American Vanguard conference, Oct. 11-12th. The conference, hosted by Philadelphia-based Next American City, is widely considered to be the most prestigious national meeting of the minds in the context of urban planning and revitalization. As Vanguard members of the inaugural class of 2009, STL-Style creators Jeff and Randy Vines are honored to welcome this esteemed group to the city we love most.
St. Louis faced stiff competition in its bid to host Next American Vanguard, and was selected in part because of exemplary local cooperation between private and public entities, but also because St. Louis itself is a textbook case of the American city in transition. The conference will illuminate our city's challenges and opportunities, some unique to St. Louis and others that are shared with urban areas across the country. Most importantly, it will reinforce St. Louis' relevance and significance as one of America's great cities.