The National Park Service has released a report from a Chicago engineering firm today saying that the stains are merely cosmetic and that the Arch is "as sound today as the day it was built." (It was completed in 1965 - and for the history lovers out there, here's a gallery of that process).
This poll from 60 minutes/Vanity Fair was published Aug. 31 but is making the St. Louis social media rounds today. It ranks St. Louis' ubiquitous Gateway Arch as the least impressive among the poll's choices. What do you think? Check out the other choices via the link.
UPDATE: Shortly after this posting, the numbers switched, as it was an open poll, after all. Perhaps a legion of people who are impressed with the Arch took to the poll?
Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll for September. For many, the Labor Day weekend marks the end of "summer hours," one last chance to hit the beach, hold a barbecue or engage in their favorite summer activity. After that, every kid will be back in school and the adults will be back working harder than ever.
Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow residents in the St. Louis area to vote on whether to raise a local sales tax to help fund improvements at the Gateway Arch.
The measure would allow a local election on a 3/16 percent sales tax. Part of the money would go to the Gateway Arch, and a portion would go to local parks. It also would allow voters in the Kansas City area to decide on a 1/10th percent sales tax for parks, trails and greenways in Jackson County.
Nearly half of the trees on the grounds of the Gateway Arch will be removed and replaced with a different species.
The National Park Service said Thursday that more than 900 Rosehill ash trees will be taken out over concerns about the threat posed by the Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle that has killed millions of ash trees in 15 states. Officials at the Arch say the ash trees on the grounds are also showing signs of decline from urban factors like air pollution and less than ideal soil.