Buffalo's waterfront is looking hard for ideas. St. Louis' waterfront has attracted five huge ideas.
Maybe it would help if we had a contest for the best idea for the Lake Erie/Erie Canal Harbor waterfront, opening it up to developers from around the world, with the finalists put on public display.
Of course, it helps if you've already got of one the world's most recognizable icons to build around.
- Finalists offer ideas for remaking Arch grounds, riverfront - Tim O'Neal/The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Mayor Francis Slay today enthusiastically praised the work of five finalist design groups that are hoping to reshape the downtown Riverfront.
"We now can see what the world's most prominent designers have put onto images what we all have been thinking about," Slay said in opening remarks this morning next to the north leg of the Arch. "I am fully committed to this project." ...
Park Superintendent Tom Bradley called today "an exciting day for the National Park Service" and said the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial has always enjoyed a good working relationship with the city, downtown and the region.
The arch was topped on Oct. 28, 1965. Organizers of the effort to redesign the archgrounds and extend the park across to the East St. Louis riverbank hope to have work completed by the toppings' 50th anniversary in 2015.
After the brief remarks, the roughly 80 people who attended the ceremony went down the walkway underneath the Arch to see renderings from the five finalists.
-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News
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