When I moved to the St. Louis area in May 2010, I immediately fell in love with Maplewood. The downtown shops were unique (and busy!), the food was great and the neighborhood streets reminded me of home in southern Illinois.
To me, Maplewood has always felt like a strong, small community. It wasn't until I started talking to lifelong residents that I learned of Maplewood's tumultuous past.
That's why I really appreciate reading articles like the one posted on the St. Louis Beacon yesterday morning. Reporter Kristen Hare interviewed Maplewood families and city and school officials to learn how, and why, Maplewood has transformed so much in the past decade.
The article specifically examines why so many young adults have moved to Maplewood.
As one of those young adults—one who bought a Maplewood home a few months ago—it's very interesting to reflect on the community's past and witness the results of its transformation.
Lifelong residents and recent transplants: In the comments section, please tell us about your experiences in Maplewood. What do you like most? How much has the city and its residents changed since you've lived here?
And don't forget to read Hare's full article on the St. Louis Beacon.