UPDATED: We’ve marked this map to show the proposed boundary lines for the new 7th Ward. The new 7th Ward would include ALL of the following neighborhoods: Downtown, Downtown West, Lafayette Square, Clinton Peabody, LaSalle Park, Kosciusko, Soulard, McKinley Heights, Fox Park, Compton Heights.
In its Candidate Survey, 7th Ward Independent Democrats asked the 7th Ward Alderman candidates to propose boundaries for the next 7th Ward.
B10) The City’s Wards will be reduced to 14 from 28 after the 2020 Census. If you are alderman during this redistricting, what current ward would you want to combine with the 7th Ward or what specific neighborhoods would you want to combine to produce the new 7th Ward. Use 2010 Census figures. In the case of combining neighborhoods, the magic number is as close to 22,700 as you can get.
John (Jack) Coatar: I would like to see Soulard, Benton Park, McKinley Heights, Lafayette Square and LaSalle Park in the same ward. The actual boundaries of the ward will of course be affected by the census figures as well.
Chelsea Merta: The Board of Aldermen should aim to unify our neighborhoods’ micro-economies in order to best implement community programs. The new 7th Ward should include a unified Downtown St. Louis, Downtown to Downtown West; Old Frenchtown’s neighborhoods of LaSalle Park, Soulard, and Lafayette with adjacent Peabody Clinton and Kosciusko; plus Compton Heights, McKinley Heights, and Fox Park. 22,314
Samuel J. Cummings, III: I would consider the culture of the wards being merged. In the case of the 7th ward, I would favor merging with the 6th because its culturally similar. Additionally, I would merge the 9th that is apart of Soulard Neighborhood past Sydney Ave all the way down including Anheuser Busch.
Chelsea Merta was the only candidate to mention Downtown and champion a unified Downtown in the next redistricting.
We need someone who will not only be a Full-Time Alderman but also an alderman with the vision to begin now, right now, to work on redistricting and design new wards that keep neighborhoods unified.
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman