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Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Greening of Memorial Drive

I count on my readers' intake of other blogs on the same subjects that I cover, which is why I rarely link directly to the excellent posts made by other local urbanist bloggers.

Still, sometimes a post elsewhere is so intriguing that I just want everyone in the world to read it. Rick Bonasch's post "Yin, Meet Yang" today on STL Rising is one of those. In June, Rick introduced a plan for reworking Memorial Drive that is daring, bold and intelligent -- take out the depressed and raised sections of I-70 and Memorial Drive, and put in an at-grade parkway that is both friendly to pedestrians and inspiring to drivers who get a great view of the Gateway Arch. This idea trumps the "lid" plan that offers little change to the ugly mess of roadways that detract from the Arch grounds' western edge and prevent real access between downtown and the grounds. The "lid" is showy but also expensive, ineffective and unsustainable. For less money we could have a real urban design solution; for more, we can have a band-aid that covers about ten percent of a big wound.

Today, Rick offers a new reason why the idea of reworking Memorial Drive is a good one -- it can be very green.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

great idea, but good luck selling it.

pose it as a "Big City" thing to do and you may have some hope, as in a grand boulevard idea.

I'm not a naysayer, just skeptical, I can see it, but I doubt those with the finances can.

Confluence City said...

I'm aware of at least one other idea that is also pretty impressive - I'll try to dig up the link or Power Point.

Karen said...

I have sent an e mail to your address and it bounced back..can you send me your current e mail?

Michael R. Allen said...

Karen,

My new address is michael.ross.allen AT sbcglobal.net.