Elaine X. Grant

St. Louis: City of … ” “St. Louis: Where … ” “St. Louis: Come See Our … ” What the heck are we supposed to be, anyway? In this age of marketing, identity is defined by a brand. Seattle is the Emerald City. New York is the Big Apple. Denver is the Mile High City. What does it say about us that we can’t come up with a pithy little motto that sums up what is great about St. Louis? Read more

Half a century ago, TWA was the airline of the stars. Controlled by one of the most glamorous figures in aviation history, offering the first nonstop transcontinental flights (not to mention freshly brewed inflight coffee), TWA embodied all the promise of the nascent aviation industry. What went wrong? Read more

ASK any local clotheshorse: The shopping scene in St. Louis has changed dramatically in the last five years. St. Louis used to be one of those Midwestern cities where the divide between what you saw in fashion magazines and what you could find in local stores was an unbridgeable gulf. Read more


Photograph by Scott Rovak

St. Louis has been trying to bring its downtown back to life for more than a century. So why, all of a sudden, is it working? Read more

Overwhelmed by the demands of everyday life? So was Elaine X. Grant. Join her on her quest to find inner peace. Read more