Gateway Arch

Government Shutdown
4:43 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

National Park Sites In Missouri Reopen After Govt. Shutdown Ends

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Radio

National Parks and other federally-run recreation sites in Missouri are open again, now that the partial government shutdown is over.

Those sites include the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.  Ann Honius with the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial says there are no lingering problems or issues stemming from the 16-day shutdown.

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Government Shutdown
2:47 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Nixon Spokesman Says Work Continues On Options For Reopening Arch, Other NPS Sites

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Radio

A spokesman for Governor Jay Nixon (D) says his office is continuing to explore options on how to reopen the Gateway Arch and other National Park Service sites in Missouri.

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Government Shutdown
7:16 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Nixon Admin. Crafting Proposal To Reopen National Park Sites In Missouri

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri has joined a growing list of states looking to reopen national parks within their borders as the federal government shutdown continues.

In a statement released late Friday, Governor Jay Nixon (D) says he's directed members of his staff to put together a proposal for reopening National Park Service sites in Missouri, including the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park.  He calls the two sites "national treasures" that draw millions of tourists every year and "generate significant economic activity."

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St. Louis Life
11:40 am
Wed October 9, 2013

St. Louis' Arch On International 'Watch List' Of At-Risk Monuments

(via Flickr/digitizedchaos)

St. Louis' identifying landmark, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (aka The Gateway Arch), has been included on the World Monuments Fund's 2014 Watch List for at-risk monuments.

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Arch Redevelopment
3:17 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Arch Grounds Redevelopment Begins With Official Groundbreaking

Dignitaries break ground Aug. 2 on the ‘Park over the Highway’ project, the first component in the CityArchRiver 2015 plan to revamp the Arch grounds.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

National and state leaders broke ground Friday on the first phase of the CityArchRiver 2015 plan to revitalize the Gateway Arch grounds.

Two members of President Obama’s cabinet—Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx—were present at the ceremony. The first project is a park to be built over Interstate 70 to improve accessibility between downtown and the Arch grounds. Senator Claire McCaskill praised local officials for getting to this point.

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Photo of the Week

Mike Matney Via Flickr

Photo taken by Mike Matney on Flickr.com.

Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos taken in the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week on our website and Facebook page we feature one outstanding photo from the group.

St. Louis on the Air
5:34 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

The Gateway Arch: Architectural Wonder & ‘Example Of Failed Urban Planning’

Eero Saarinen under a model of the Gateway Arch in 1957.
Used with permission from Yale University Press. From Eero Saarinen Papers Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, Photograph by Richard Knight

Author and historian Tracy Campbell views the Gateway Arch as an architectural wonder which draws millions of tourists to St. Louis, though he also argues the landmark is “an example of failed urban planning.”

To make way for the monument, nearly forty square blocks of riverfront property were demolished.  The demolition began during a public ceremony on October 9, 1939.

City leaders only gained traction for the project once it was framed as a monument to President Thomas Jefferson.

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CityArchRiver
4:05 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

CityArchRiver Project Gets Environmental Okay

The National Park Service has given a thumbs-up to the CityArchRiver plan to re-do the Archgrounds.
(Courtesy CityArchRiver)

Although it wasn't the "environmentally preferred" alternative of the National Park Service, federal officials have given a thumbs-up to a plan to change the Arch grounds.

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The Arch
10:32 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

CityArchRiver And Its Partners Say Arch Improvements On Track For 2015

(Courtesy CityArchRiver)

During its annual update to the public, the CityArchRiver foundation and its partners said they’re on track to complete improvements to the Gateway Arch grounds by 2015.

Ed Hassinger, district engineer for The Missouri Department of Transportation, confirmed that work toward a pedestrian bridge connecting downtown to the Arch is starting this summer.

CityArchRiver Chairman Walter Metcalfe said the bridge, along with a slew of other upgrades, could result in keeping visitors an extra half day.  

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Arch tax
3:42 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Arch Tax Goes To City Voters

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Supporters of a sales tax increase to fund an upgrade of the Arch grounds, along with local parks and trails, are gearing up for a two-and-a-half month campaign.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted today 20-3-1 today put the measure on the April 6 ballot, when it will also be considered in St. Louis County. Aldermen Sam Moore, Antonio French and Scott Ogilvie voted no, and Ald. Terry Kennedy voted present. Two aldermen were absent.

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