University City, Missouri, USA (2021-2022)

University City, Missouri, USA (2021-2022)

Creating a Community Vision for University City

Project Overview

University City is an inner-ring suburb on the western boundary of the City of St. Louis, Missouri. The city’s name reflects the community’s proximity to Washington University on its southeastern border. Incorporated in 1906, University City was founded by publisher Edward Gardner Lewis who began developing the location in 1903 around his publishing complex for Woman’s Magazine and Woman’s Farm Journal. The Magazine Building, which now serves as City Hall, is a unique ornate octagonal tower standing 135 feet tall with a panoramic view of the area. With a diverse population of approximately 35,000 residents, University City is a vibrant, culturally diverse city with a dense suburban feel and numerous restaurants, coffee shops, music venues, and parks.

Future iQ has been contracted to facilitate an eight-month community-wide visioning process for University City. The community vision will be used to guide the upcoming comprehensive planning phase for the city intended to begin in early 2022. The objective of the visioning process is to identify a common vision for the future of University City and to encourage collective, sustained and strategic civic action toward that vision. Careful emphasis will be placed on involving youth and as many community stakeholders as possible. The project will produce a Community Vision that will guide leadership and the community looking out to 2040.

Future iQ®'s Role in this Project

    University City has contracted the consultancy firm of Future iQ to facilitate the development of a community vision looking out to 2040. Future iQ’s role will involve:

    • Engagement and communications plan
    • Regular meetings with the Steering Committee
    • Community and Vision Surveys to include as many community stakeholders as possible
    • Data analysis and visualization presented on Future iQ’s Lab Portal
    • University City Think-Tank
    • Scenarios of the Future Think-Tank Report
    • Community engagement sessions
    • Online discussion board and Story Maps
    • Future Summit to validate the vision
    • University City Community Vision 2040 Report