Is Clayton emerging as the St. Louis region’s new ‘downtown’?

The city of Clayton is experiencing a burst of construction activity that promises to transform its skyline while raising questions about the continuing shift of investment away from downtown St. Louis.

Among the projects underway is a $75-million, 26-story apartment tower that Chicago developers are building on South Meramec Avenue and a new 1-million square foot office tower for Centene Corp.

These days, Clayton is where many St. Louis-area businesses want to be even if, to the outside world, they include “St. Louis” in their address. Downtown Clayton commands the region’s highest office rents and enjoys the highest occupancy rates.

Does this mean, then, that Clayton — once the sleepy seat of St. Louis County government with a small-town feel — has supplanted downtown St. Louis?

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch



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