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In cities, a third place is where we build social capital, separate from home and work, it’s the space where we learn, grow, and share ideas. The conversations on nextSTL aren’t not found anywhere else in St. Louis.

nextSTL is a virtual third place, a platform for sharing ideas, examining the trends and events that shape our city. With online articles, social media, the Urban STL Forum, and Future Great City podcast, our goal is to inform and lead the civic conversation.

We’re very proud to offer all content free. We believe that a robust, valuable civic conversation can only happen if that platform is accessible to all who wish to join. We will never charge to read a story or listen to a podcast.


nextSTL offers an independent voice, by becoming a member or making a donation, you support that effort. Your membership shows support for the ongoing conversation, for a better, more informed public discourse. With your help, this community has, and will continue to have a significant positive impact on our city and region.

As membership grows, we will be able to offer more content, more reporting, and more events. We will also be able to offer occasional members-only benefits such as meet-ups, conversations with event guests, and early access to select content.

nextSTL is supported exclusively by advertising revenue, memberships, and individual gifts. Our growth and the impact we can have on the future of St. Louis will be determined by you. Membership gifts can be made as a recurring or one-time donation. Every donation comes with a membership.

All contributions support the daily work of nextSTL including supporting the editor and contributors, paying for website hosting, podcast production, and more. Your support funds the process and time necessary to drive the conversation about St. Louis’ future forward.