I visited London in 1994, before they built the Shard and the Gherkin, and luckily before they built the London Eye, the ungainly Ferris Wheel they tacked onto the London riverside. Seeing how the London Eye dwarfs Big Ben is scandalous. I despise it.
I've visited Chicago seven times, and I only visited the Navy Pier once. The Navy Pier juts out into Lake Michigan and terminates in ... a Ferris Wheel. Why? Why are these cities pasting carnival rides into their skylines?
I've visited Las Vegas twice, and I don't expect anything from the architecture there, not like Chicago or London. What do they have on the Strip? A Ferris Wheel, one of the biggest in the world. That one doesn't seem out of place, given that it shares the strip with a mini Eiffel Tower and a pyramid, but it's still a little incongruous.
And now ... now my sweet Saint Louis has planted a Ferris Wheel behind Union Station. This is in addition to the standard-size Ferris Wheel already balanced on the edge of the City Museum roof, and echoing the lost buried steel frame of the 1904 World's Fair Wheel in Forest Park. Thank God it isn't on the riverfront competing with the Arch. but it's competing wth Union Station.
I hope these Ferris Wheels all go the way of the Elephant of the Bastille. Someday in the future, people will see photos of Saint Louis, and say, "What on earth is there a giant Ferris Wheel doing there in that timeless city?"