5th Avenue along the edge of Central Park at the the Guggenheim museum.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim expressway.
You might be saying to yourself, "this is pretty ridiculous", right? Well yes it is, but it is a reality here in the Gateway city. City to River thinks it is pretty ridiculous that we have a highway separating Downtown St. Louis from the Arch and riverfront districts to the north and south. Instead of a freeway separating us from the riverfront, we should be a boulevard providing connections throughout the area.
In both of these examples, Chicago and New York, some of the most expensive real estate in the city is located along the great streets such as Michigan Avenue and 5th Avenue. Here in St. Louis however, the highway caused development to turn its back on the only urban national park outside of Washington D.C. Additionally apart from for a small spurt of renovations in Laclede's Landing in the early 1980s, development in the riverfront districts flanking the Arch has stagnated for decades.
This morning, City to River is publishing another post detailing the enormous potential for development that will be created by removing the highway and replacing it with a boulevard. This would continue eastward the momentum of $4.5 billion that has been invested in the core of downtown St. Louis over the last decade. Only then will Luther Ely Smith's vision of a revitalized St. Louis riverfront be complete.
The Post-Dispatch has also picked up the story here.
Also, be sure to check out City to River's website, as several pages have been added and updated.