Tag: the Loop

St. Louis is an underrated city. There are great activities going on, competitive sports teams, unique food, and brilliant people. Being so immersed at WashU, it’s easy to forget that there is more than just the campus. After finishing up freshman year and having the opportunity myself to get off campus frequently, it’s something I would highly recommend for five key reasons:

1. You can get involved in the St. Louis business community

Last semester, twice a week, I took the metrolink to TopOPPS, a St. Louis pipeline management and predictive forecasting startup, where I was an Operational Marketing intern. I have also gotten the chance to tour St. Louis incubators T-REX and TechArtista.

Courtesy of downtowntrex.com

T-REX working spaces, courtesy of downtowntrex.com

You don’t have to be interested in entrepreneurship for this to be applicable to you. Interning with a startup can be an incredible opportunity for anybody (that can sometimes even be paid!). At a small company there is a large opportunity to make a difference and get great hands-on skills. It isn’t likely that you could go work for a company with 1,000 employees and have the freedom to get started on a new idea right away, or to work hand in hand with the head of marketing (although if you wanted to go work for a bigger company in St. Louis, I bet you could find success there, too). By working with TopOPPS I learned a tremendous amount about sales and marketing, and the culmination of my time with TopOPPS and within the St. Louis entrepreneurial community has introduced me to some great people over the past year who have taught me a lot, helped me expand my network, and improved my depth of understanding of the St. Louis entrepreneurial and business community.

2. The food in St. Louis is great

Don’t get me wrong, I love what we have to eat on campus. But day after day and year after year, sometimes it can get tiring. Plus, St. Louis was ranked in the top 15 for food by NerdWallet last summer.

The Delmar Loop. WashU photo.

The Delmar Loop. WashU photo.

It’s about the same cost to go out to eat as eating on campus (your 6.50 meal point stir fry is the equivalent of $9.02 if you’re on the silver plan), and it can be as quick as you want–the Delmar Loop, with a wealth of eclectic and traditional dining options, is a short walk away. Some of the best moments I had last semester were going off campus to eat–not only for the great food, but also for the meaningful time spent with whoever I went with.

3. There are great activities going on in St. Louis

First there are sports. Cardinals games are a blast, and the Blues just had one of their most successful seasons ever (RIP Rams). WashU is constantly giving tickets away and there are always deals to get them cheap. Second are the touristy activities, like the Arch, City Museum, and Zoo–all staples of St. Louis. Third are the events in the city. With the second biggest Mardi Gras in the country, great local microbreweries, and streets full of food trucks, there are new things to do all of the time.

Fair St. Louis crowd on Art Hill at Bonnie Raitt concert July 4.

Fair St. Louis crowd on Art Hill at Bonnie Raitt concert July 4.

4. Get a break from the WashU bubble

During the school year most of us spend so much time in the same few places (which, if you’re in Olin, is probably a lot of Simon and Bauer). It’s easy to get tired of the same routine. Getting off of campus not only provides a new and exciting way to spend a day and experience new things, but it also helps get your mind off of your homework and tests. And, you never know what you could learn from meeting others in St. Louis who don’t go to WashU.

5. It’s easy

We get free U-passes, a lot of us have (or have friends with) cars, and the Delmar Loop is a 15-minute walk from campus. Some Olin students might say, “But I don’t have time to get off campus.” And for almost everyone, I am going to call your bluff. Last semester, despite pledging a fraternity and working on my baseball blog, I was able to devote 8 hours a week to my internship plus the occasional Cardinals game or off-campus dinner. Most of us have no class Friday, and sleep incessant amounts over our three-day weekends. It’d be easy to pick one of those days each weekend to wake up early and go explore the city with friends. You’ll create memorable experiences, get out of the WashU bubble, and take advantage of the city that will be your home for four great years. When the year starts up, things will get crazy and it might seem tough to find time, but by making a commitment now that you will get off of campus more, and by prioritizing it when you get back, you’ll surely be able to do so.

Traffic jams around the the Skinker/Delmar intersection due to trolley track installation should be over according to The Loop Trolley website. Construction at the major intersection was completed a full day earlier than expected. Completion of the 2.2 mile track is expected this summer. Here’s an update on the trolley project:

Beginning on April 25, traffic was routed around the busy intersection in the heart of the Delmar Loop. After exploring options to accommodate both pass-through traffic and destination trips to the Delmar Loop, officials agreed that a full closure would have the least impact. Traffic signals along the detour route were re‐timed to handle the extra volume. The detour routes were monitored and traffic lights adjusted throughout the closure period to maintain efficient traffic flow.

Delmar Loop Trolley Feb-2016More more than 85 percent of the Loop Trolley track and most of the light and OCS poles have been installed. Construction of the Loop Trolley began in March, 2015 and is scheduled for completion late this summer. The trolley is expected to begin operations in March 2017 following several months of training and safety testing.

The Loop Trolley is a 2.2-mile fixed-track vintage electric trolley system currently under construction linking University City and Forest Park, with a turnaround at the Missouri History Museum. Owned by the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District, the Loop Trolley promotes connectivity, environmentally friendly transportation and LoopTrolleyConceptpedestrian-friendly neighborhoods to enhance quality of life, increase tourism and spur economic development. The Loop Trolley will be an environmentally positive attraction, a prototype for connecting other areas in St. Louis through clean electric transit, and a source of pride for the metropolitan area.

For details and construction updates, visit www.looptrolley.com, facebook.com/looptrolley and twitter.com/looptrolley. Email info@looptrolley.com or call (314) 696-2147. For weekly updates, join our email list at  www.looptrolley.com.

Press release from the Loop Trolley website.

We are excited to announce that the Skandalaris Center has teamed up with the Delmar Loop Innovation Neighborhood to host the Delmar Loop Social Impact Hackathon, April 22nd-24th.

For 48-hours, we’ll be brainstorming and generating ways to create an Innovation Neighborhood in the Loop—that is, a neighborhood that attracts and retains creative geniuses and accelerates socioeconomic growth. This is a task that requires every skill, background, profession, degree, age—you name it.

SocialImpactHackathon_Logo (2)We’re giving away over $3,000 in cash prizes to the best ideas! Mentorship will be available to those wanting to implement their idea afterwards.

Mark your calendar and check out the event website for more information.

Registration is $10. Includes program, food & beverage, mentoring support for ideas and development of solutions. Student discounts are available! Contact us for more info: sc@wustl.edu