According to an article by Jake Wagman in today's Post-Dispatch, however, the Park Service "will begin taking public input on what to do with the grounds surrounding the Gateway Arch." It is about time.
Downtown needs to be the hub of this community . . . and not just when there's a sporting event. The Arch could be the focal point and gathering place. But a few food vendors and restrooms aren't enough. We need to think big and add attractions to the are for locals and tourists alike. Give people a reason to head downtown. Restaurants, rides and games, shopping, etc.
By the way, it would also make sense to make it easy for them to get there on foot or in a car. And if they choose to drive - - don't make them pay to park.
Revitalizing the Arch grounds should be something every St. Louisan can agree on.