Every year since 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has released a list of a "Dozen Distinctive Destinations".
These are places that: "offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes and a strong commitment to historic preservation and revitalization."
All right, all right. St. Louis is lacking in a lot of those. But, even if it were just a neighborhood of St. Louis, such as Lafayette Square or Soulard, shouldn't St. Louis get some recognition as distinctive?
It's a city with a staggering degree of history, even if a lot of the physical connections to that past have been erased. There's a wealth of existing exemplary architecture and parks. Cultural connections are many (everything from the landmark Dred Scott case to the development of the A-bomb).
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri was honored last year. Maybe someone could make a pitch for St. Louis in the upcoming year?
Here is this year's list, for those interested:
2009 Dozen Distinctive Destinations
Santa Barbara, CA
Virginia City, NV
Santa Fe, NM
Hot Springs, SD
Fort Worth, TX
Lake Geneva, WI
P.S. If Buffalo and Fort Worth can make it on the list, surely St. Louis can, right?
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