“An arch consists of two weaknesses, which, leaning on each
other, become a strength.”-Leonardo DaVinci
The St. Louis Arch is the archetype of our City. It is the symbol
of our strength, our civic pride, our past and our present. And our future. It
challenges us to remember the last 50 years of our City since its completion
and look forward to building and growing our City in the next 50. It is a
magnet that pulls our region together and welcomes the world (over 130 million
visitors) to our front door.
I have been lucky enough to have worked downtown for the past 45
years of my life and see the City evolve under the Arch. And as we embark on
our City’s next chapter, I am excited to see the CityArchRiver
project bring a newness and energy to the Arch grounds, bolstering the City and
the region. I am incredibly proud of how much public and private support has gone
into making the Arch an ever greater symbol of our City’s prosperity and
October 28 2015 has been proclaimed the “Gateway Arch 50th
Anniversary Day”in the City of St. Louis.