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Rachelle L'Ecuyer

The Loop Trolley currently operates Thursdays through Sundays, beginning at noon.
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Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air featured a discussion about the latest developments and challenges along the eight-block Delmar Loop entertainment, dining and shopping district located in University City and the city of St. Louis.

Joining the conversation with executive producer Alex Heuer was Rachelle L’Ecuyer, executive director of the Delmar Loop.

The segment also included pre-recorded comments from passersby, business owners, a Loop Trolley rider and St. Louis University's Bob Lewis, who is an assistant professor of urban planning and development.

The Delmar Loop in 2017
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Rachelle L’Ecuyer grew up right near the Delmar Loop, so becoming its first-ever executive director earlier this month felt a lot like coming home. Still, she’s been looking at the area with fresh eyes.

“I was walking down Delmar yesterday, and I was taking a picture of the Tivoli sign, and two young men walked up to me and I said, ‘I love it!’” she said on Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air. “And they looked at me and I said [again], ‘I love it.’ And I pointed from bottom to top, and they said, ‘Oh, I love it: The Tivoli spelled backwards is ‘I love it.’ And we ended up having a pretty long conversation about the Loop.”

Focus on art feeds Maplewood's recent growth

Jul 15, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 15, 2009 - Standing behind the mayor of Maplewood and a woman wearing a guillotine blade in her wig, Rachelle L'Ecuyer took a moment to soak up the atmosphere. Under a tent on this mild Friday evening, dozens of people snapped photos and whistled as contestants in a costume contest strutted down a makeshift catwalk.

L'Ecuyer, who is Maplewood's director of community development, helped plan the "Don't Dream It - Be It" contest, which featured a range of zany outfits -- the blade-wearing people's choice award winner, Julie Strassman, built her look around a striped prom dress that she unretired for one night only.