When we first moved to Maryland Heights in 2005, my son was in the fifth grade at Bellerive Elementary, and my daughter was 1 year old. We instantly fell in love with the area that became our home—the convenient shops and close location to Interstate 270 made it an easy sell for my family.
We quickly found our rhythmn in the community and fell into our familial routine. It took a little while to get used to the area, but we were embraced by our neighbors and made to feel like a part of the city. In little to no time, we found our groove and never stopped rocking!
But over what feels like a short period of time of six years, so much has changed about our beloved city. Some for the good and some for the bad.
Here's the good:
- The new Interstate 270 interchange is a great improvement from the days of old. The roundabout makes it easier for vehicles to get on and off the highway without clogging up the traffic on Dorsett Road.
- The new and improved Walgreens is clean, efficient, and looks a whole lot better than it did in 2005.
- The same can be said of the McDonald's on Dorsett Road. Can you believe that this fast food haunt did not have a drive-through before it was rebuilt? I am so pleased that I can now get my fries on the go without getting out of my car.
- Maryland Heights Government Center is also a wonder—it beats the small and compact building that would have you standing outside during traffic court because it was so compact inside. (Of course, I wouldn't know this because I am such a stellar driver!)
Here's the bad:
- The closing of Orlando Gardens and The Pasta House are clear reminders that our economy is still in the doldrums. Maryland Heights has lost two great businesses that lent a lot to our community.
- The Waffle House on Dorsett was such a late-night institution; I was saddened when it was torn down a few years ago to make way for the new highway construction. I wish it was still close by so I could get my scattered-and-double-covered fix!
- Dorsett Village Shopping Center where Schnucks shopping center used to be a mecca for shopping and enjoyment. Now it is just a skeleton of its former self. What happened?
- Do you remember when Jimmy John's used to be Wendy's? It was so awesome to have a place I could go to for some quick chili. Those were the days!