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DesignSTL|November/December 2020
Tom Brackman, the unofficial mayor of Waterman, on beautifying his neighborhood
CARA DOWNS

The three blocks of Waterman from Kingshighway to Union in the Central West End stand apart from the others. A roundabout, centered on a garden decorated seasonally with flowers and plants surrounding a large iron fountain, serves to slow traffic. Beautifully designed planters, brimming with canna and marigold mark street corners. These pretty tableaux are the handiwork of retired attorney Tom Brackman, who’s made it his mission to beautify this stretch of Waterman for more than 30 years. Why does he do it? Brackman says it’s out of love for the neighborhood and a personal desire to see it improved.

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