And there are more. Small-scale and large, infrastructure and built structures, demolition and revitalization. And that’s just in an area that’s only a shade over one square mile! I haven’t even mentioned the biggest change yet: the people, the public opinion, the fact that more people than ever have an opinion or an idea and an urge to be a part of the rejuvenation. These may prove to be the biggest catalyst of all.
This post isn’t about anything specific, really. It’s just every once in awhile, it’s good to take the wide view – the long-term view – and just marvel at what is happening. There are problems that need fixing, obviously, and the ever-present fear that at any time, the momentum could just as easily stall as it could build, but I (like you, presumably) prefer to be inspired by the positives than disgruntled by the negatives. I’ve been trying to my niche – my ‘get’ – in the wonderful world of St. Louis blogs, but, well, Yet Another St. Louis Blog is what its name implies, and I think the best thing I and it can do is flop my enthusiasm on to the table, and say, “Use it, St. Louis!”
Call it youthful exuberance or cock-eyed optimism, but downtown St. Louis (and the region as a whole) is and can be an attractive Midwest destination and a place people are proud to call home. The projects are in place, the public support is there, and a return toward city life seems imminent. I can think of no better symbol for the progress being made than the map at the top (or one similar), twenty feet high and twenty feet wide, marked up with the developments that are occuring and the changes to be made. And – hey! – maybe some onlookers will add their own ideas and enthusiasm too. Something like this, maybe (and yes, I covered up ‘Twain.’)
Man, Microsoft Paint…is there anything you CAN’T do??? (Poorly…)
Now THAT’S public art with a purpose.
Enjoy your weekend, folks. Get out, take advantage of the weather and take advantage of the city you live/work/play in.