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Red DotCity Garden Unfolding on the Gateway Mall
Red DotEntrance to the Riverfront Trail, just north of Laclede's Landing in downtown St. Louis.
Red DotGateway Transportation Center Will Be Hi-tech, Modern and Very Convenient for the Traveling Public
Red DotProposed Downtown Schnucks Store Will Cater to Residents and Office Workers
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Red DotNew $16 Million Justice Center Garage Planned for Downtown St. Louis
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St. Louis Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
St. Louis Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
by Bob Moore,
ST. LOUIS, (, January 19, 2009 - Dignitaries, families and friends braved cold temperatures in the twenties as they left the ceremony at the Old Courthouse, Monday morning, to begin marching to the theme, "The Struggle Continues ... Protecting and Embracing Our Youth Secures Our Future".

The 24th National & 40th St. Louis Observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration began with a Civic Ceremony in the Rotunda of the Old Courthouse at 10 a.m. with Ruth A Smith, president/CEO, Human Development Corporation of Metropolitan St. Louis, presiding over the ceremony.

Although smaller than marches in the past, the crowd sang proudly as they moved through the streets of downtown St. Louis from 4th & Market, west to Tucker, north on Tucker to Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, west on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive to Page. The march then turned southwest on Page to Grand Blvd. and south on Grand Blvd. to Powell Symphony Hall for the Interfaith Service.

St. Louis Region Wins 2008 All-American City Award
The adaptive reuse of the steel trestle at Branch Street, which was a former rail corridor, will distinguish St. Louis as only the third city in the world, after the High Line in New York City and the Promenade Plantée in Paris, to convert an historic elevated railroad viaduct into a linear urban recreation area.

Trestle Project Wins Award From St. Louis Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
ST. LOUIS, (, January 12, 2009 - The Great Rivers Greenway District (GRG), the public organization leading the development of a region-wide system of interconnected greenways, parks and trails known as The River Ring, was recognized with HNTB Corporation for developing the Trestle project in downtown St. Louis. The award for Landscape Architecture Design was presented on January 11 by the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

The Trestle, which is part of the McKinley Bridge Bikeway, creates an innovative 1.25 mile bicycle and pedestrian connection to the 12-mile Riverfront Trail in St. Louis City on the Missouri side and the 18-mile Confluence Bikeway in Madison County, Illinois. The adaptive reuse of the Trestle distinguishes St. Louis as only the third city in the world, after the High Line in New York City and the Promenade Plantée in Paris, to convert an historic elevated railroad viaduct into a linear urban recreation area.

"HNTB has been an extraordinary partner from its feasibility study through completion of a dedicated pathway for bicyclists and pedestrians over the Mississippi, which is one of the world's largest rivers," said David Fisher, executive director of GRG. "Not only did HNTB's preliminary plans help convince multiple stakeholders in Missouri and Illinois to approve the project, the completed pathway continues to be hailed as a triumph for the entire metropolitan region."

Originally designed to provide passenger rail and later freight rail service into downtown St. Louis, the Trestle segment that begins at Branch Street was built in 1933 and abandoned in 1978. In June 2008, the Trestle reopened as a 2,400-ft. long by 24-ft. wide paved path that rises from street level at Branch Street to the height of the McKinley Bridge Bikeway, a 2,600-ft. long by 14-ft. wide cantilevered lane separated from vehicular traffic lanes. The McKinley Bridge Bikeway was developed by GRG and the Metro East Park and Recreations District (MEPRD) in cooperation with Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), METRO and the City of St. Louis.

While the initial phase of construction was limited by budget constraints to basic components such as railings, decking and bridge improvements, HNTB's master plan details future enhancements including lighting, seating, vegetation and shade structures, which can be easily added.

GRG recently initiated preliminary plans to connect the current Trestle to the remaining 2-mile segment of the historic elevated steel rail deck. As a model of environmental sustainability, the expanded Trestle will address, influence and facilitate such things as renewable energy, recycling, urban gardening, clean water/air/soil, riparian habitat, urban redevelopment, alternative transportation modes, and the health and wellness of the populations that use it.

For related storie see:
Local Officials View Opening of McKinley Bridge Bikeway As Vital Link to Regional Economic Progress

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