The Cortex District

The Cortex District is a rapidly growing mixed use office community and technology hub that grew from a former heavy industrial area in mid-town St. Louis. See how both new and repurposed buildings have been knit together under a comprehensive master planning process that includes a new light rail station and multi-use trail, and extensive new pedestrian infrastructure and active public space. While much has already been completed, ongoing planning will help connect the District to adjacent neighborhoods and bridge existing gaps in infrastructure. Cortex is a 10 minute light-rail trip from the front of Washington University.

About the Facilitator: Scott Ogilvie works in the Planning and Urban Design Agency for the City of St. Louis. Prior to that he served on the St. Louis Board of Aldermen for eight years. While being a champion for active transportation, he passed a number of pieces of legislation to improve the city’s non-motorized transportation amenities and policy. He also helped guide a number complete streets, traffic calming, and trail projects to completion. He partnered with Trailnet in stopping St. Louis County’s South County Connector Highway project. Outside of the transportation realm, he passed legislation limiting campaign donations in local elections, and participated in reform to the City’s tax incentive process. One of his proudest achievements was shepherding through the funding to resurface the badly deteriorated Penrose Park Velodrome, which reopened in 2019.