The St. Louis Centre skybridge across Washington Ave., Â more than a block from the entrance to the convention center, will be gone in a few weeks.Â For so long officials have focused on the bridge as a eyesore:
Kitty Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, has long advocated for the removal of the skybridge, which is located a block away from the entrance to the city’s convention facility, America’s Center.
“The bridge over Washington Avenue makes people think our city is dirty, that it is unsafe and that we don’t really care about our city,” she said. “This is going to change that dramatically. It’s going to make a very different impression.”
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Yet visible from the convention center is an atrocity that is never mentioned — the 1975 parking garage for U.S. Bank:
Hmm, what does this garage say about our city?Â When builtÂ it was then then Mercantile Bank and the convention center was two years from opening and when it did it stopped a block to the north.Â In the mid-1990sÂ the Cervantes Center was renamed and expanded a block to the south and given a prominent entrance aligned with 8th Street.
When visitors leave the convention center they see two buildings across the street — the ugly U.S. Bank garage and the Renaissance Grand hotel.
The hotel is obviously fine but the garage is so out of place.Â It needs to go away and be replaced with a structure of similar massing but with say doors and windows.
– Steve Patterson