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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Grand Plan for Memorial Drive

Image by Jeremy Clagett for City to River.

Readers of Ecology of Absence know that this author has long favored a holistic change to the current configuration of Memorial Drive and I-70 at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The highway and the street together create a visual barrier and physical obstacle course between the downtown core and the lovely Arch grounds, and both need to be removed and replaced with a pedestrian-friendly at-grade thoroughfare.

Today, the citizen organization City to River launched its website that presents a thoughtful, creative approach toward building a new Memorial Drive. The analysis and imagery of the website come at a wonderful moment, right after the Framing a Modern Masterpiece design competition jury has chosen the nine design teams that will create full entries. May the design teams spend time contemplating the City to River proposal, and may the design competition's sponsors keep the door open for any team that may wish to embrace a radical way to renew the riverfront connection.

3 comments:

john w. said...

word.

Nate said...

Excellent work, City to River!

Randy V. said...

This is great! I really think the TWA Dome is an eyesore, though.