First, of course, the Riverfront.
But, as that continues to happen, it’s time to start thinking again about Market Street, the east-west mercantile spine of colonial St. Louis and a canvas for a new vision of our St. Louis.
There are 18 or so city blocks between Memorial Drive and the edge of Market St. out past Union Station. Some people envision a landscaped parkway with cafes, shops, gardens, walking/biking paths, and recreation that would make Market one of the great boulevards in the country. Others have more modest visions.
The American Institute of Architects held a charrette on the subject this past weekend. Urban designers, residents, and officials came together to share ideas for Market St. All three of the proposals that emerged were imaginative and exciting — combining equal parts of possible and improbable. With these ideas in hand, planners will pick and chose their way to a single vision by spring.
A great boulevard? Just better than it is? You decide.
The renaissance of Forest Park also began with a design charrette.