Locale and Topography

In the geographical center of the city of St. Louis is the aptly named Midtown area which reaches westward beyond the downtown district. It is bounded generally on the west by Vandeventer Avenue, on the north by Delmar Boulevard, on the south by Chouteau Avenue and on its eastern edge by 21st Street.

The Mill Creek Valley and its railroad yards, occupying low terrain are in Midtown's southern section. North of Market Street the topography features a series of north-south ridges, the easternmost at 17th Street, another at Leffingwell Avenue and the western one is west of Grand Boulevard.