Re-imagine a Corridor to Help Improve Economic Conditions and Create a Sense of Place

  • Client

    East West Gateway Council of Governments

  • Project Title

    West Florissant Great Streets Initiative

  • Location

    Ferguson, MO

  • Size

    5 miles

"West Florissant Ave. has long been a street that serves motorized vehicles well. In recent years there has been increasing need to do more than that - local communities along this corridor need also to be able to walk, bus, bike, and live."

Great Streets Mater Plan

West Florissant Ave.

A major corridor re-imagined using the full eight principles of the Great Streets Initiative.

Project Scale

  • Object

  • Site

  • Community

  • System

  • Region


  • On the Books

  • Under Construction

  • Recently Completed

  • Design Study

  • Established

Project Type

  • Urban Design
  • Planning
  • Placemaking and Branding

West Florissant Avenue, in North St. Louis County, has long been a street that serves motorized vehicles well. In recent years there has been increasing need to do more than that, and many see the corridor as their only central place for shopping, meeting neighbors, and economic development.

The project aimed to re-imagine West Florissant Avenue to help improve economic conditions, create an attractive sense of place, and help vehicles, bicyclists and people move safely through the corridor. West Florissant Avenue connects neighborhoods, institutions, parks and town center areas with safe and attractive linkages for pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles and transit. The design of the street brings a cohesive image and identity to Dellwood and Ferguson. Civic places and walkable areas define the heart of the community.

This Great Street offers a healthy lifestyle not solely dependent on cars and benefits from rich sustainable landscapes and natural features. The street’s future development is the reflection of strong collaboration among Dellwood, Ferguson, and St. Louis County.

"We explored opportunities of 'what could come' by developing the groundwork for trust and public commitment in the community. This plan continues to be about positive change. It’s a story of resiliency."

Bonnie Roy