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Welcome All-Star Fans

July 11, 2009 Accessibility, Downtown, Events/Meetings 4 Comments

Visiting St. Louis for the 2009 All-Star Game?  Welcome to St. Louis.

Whether this is your first visit to our city or you’ve been here often I want to share a few things with you. We’ve been busy sprucing up downtown for weeks & months.  Actually we’ve been working on downtown for decades.  Efforts over the years have been a mixed bag — some positive and others destructive.

Next month marks my 19th year in St. Louis.  For me it is a love-hate relationship.  This city is worth fighting for so I stick around.

The most recent in the positive category is Citygarden between 8th & 10th on North Market St — a couple blocks North of Busch Stadium.

As you walk around downtown spending money (thank you) you will notice a couple of things.  First, not all intersections have pedestrian crossing signals.

Looking South along 9th at Market St.

Please be careful crossing streets — look at other signals to see who has the right of way.  In the above example if you are leaving Citygarden heading south on 9th you get no clue as to when it is safe to cross Market St. It would be nice to get some stimulus money to make sure we get pedestrian signals at all intersections.

Normally I’d also warn you about cabs on the sidewalk in front of our convention center but they have been displaced by vehicles related to the Fan Fest.

We have a long way to go but we’ve come a long way in the nearly two decades I’ve lived here.  So please enjoy your visit and spend money so we will have funds to address our shortcomings.

– Steve Patterson


Currently there are "4 comments" on this Article:

  1. G-Man says:

    Steve, I believe you mean Market instead of North Market (unless you’re sending them to Old North).

    [slp — right you are, had Old North on the brain.]

  2. a.torch says:

    I see they are NOT allowing any bikes on the Arch grounds today or tonight……

  3. Carmel says:

    loved this post! unfortunately, there are more poorly done “crosswalks” than well done ones in our fair city.

    But I like that you consider the city worth fighting for. I agree with you and we’re in it for the long haul! Keep up the awesome work.

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