People of the World: the Saint Louis Arch is being spruced up.
The Arch today:
This is the view of the arch from downtown. To walk from downtown to the arch you have to take a hike over Highway 70. They courteously dug the highway under the street you would take to get to the Arch and the Very Old Cathedral above.
(In traffic reports the dug-in section is "the depressed section." Until I drove past the arch at 18, I thought they meant economically depressed, so I assumed they were talking about either North or East Saint Louis.)
So, that red pickup truck is unsightly. Soon we'll be spending millions to make the Arch grounds more sightly. I approve. Here's why: look at the map below.
There's the shiny silver arch on the right. On the left, there's a single-file line of park after plaza after garden. Our two green areas are bisected by the unsightly yellow Highway 70. What they plan to do is put a "cap," which I see as a slice of grass pie, pointing away from the arch, between the red lines, balanced on top of the depressed section, so we can jog barefoot on the grass for eight blocks and not fall into the red pickup.
(Of course, I still get nervous driving under bridges in South Saint Louis because Aunt Carleen told me they were made of mud. (Sarcasm. I get it now.) So of course I worry that grass pie slice will collapse.)
BUT! The grass pie is not the best part of the plan. There will be ... an aerial skyway of gondolas! Like they used to have at Six Flags over Missouri! Before it crashed!
"Where will it go?" Gary asked.
Guess where! Where would you not want to go? Where would you not want to be suspended in the air over a bored automatic-weapon-toting populace?
"East Saint Louis!" I said, and watched the horror, the horror, dissolve Gary's face.
Look where the skyway goes, from the South leg of the arch to ...
BLOODY ISLAND. Embiggen. I do not lie.
Now, I could be mistaken. If they had printed an artist's rendering in the paper this afternoon I would not have had to imagine this.