Park Re-Ignites Hope in St. Louis

The new Citygarden park in downtown St. Louis is seen by some locals as a sign of hope for the future of the city.
December 6, 2009, 7am PST | Nate Berg
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The 2.9 acre sculpture park opened this summer and has inspired hope for the downtown area -- and the city as a whole.

"To understand why the stones, sculptures, and watercourses of Citygarden constitute so potent a tonic for regional dyspepsia, readers should know that plenty has happened here in the last half century to persuade anyone that suggestions of inferiority are both sound and logical. The metro area has not grown much in population, but we've sprawled all over the landscape, leaving large portions of a once vibrant city to decay. We've knocked down some irreplaceable pieces of our built past. White flight has been supersonic; a racial chasm persists. Our primacy in booze and shoes went down the drain and walked out of town. The plant sciences and biotechnology should replace these industries, but we're suspicious of science as ungodly, in spite of its being the region's best hope for economic redemption."

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Published on Thursday, December 3, 2009 in Metropolis
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