West End

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Sami Bentil and Annetta Bentil-Vickers live on Enright in the West End neighborhood, in the former laundry facilities of ConnectCare. A large complex, the building also serves as headquarters for her office supply company and his art studio.

Sami Bentil was a budding artist when he moved from Ghana to the United States in the early ’70s. His pointillist work has been shown in Europe, the U.S. and Ghana, including a piece commissioned by the Ghanaian government for its 50th jubilee. “My American experience has been heightened by the fact that in my early years I devoted my time to [elementary] teaching,” Bentil said.

Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

West End residents have a new stretch of trail to run, walk and bike down.

This morning St. Louis City officials and members of the public celebrated the grand opening of the 1.3-mile addition to the St. Vincent Greenway, a larger pathway that will ultimately run from Forest Park to the University of Missouri St. Louis campus.

The newest segment runs through Ruth Porter Mall, named after the long-time advocate for civil rights and affordable housing.