View Unintended--St. Louis, Missouri
A weekend getaway to St. Louis--the Gateway to the West--was the perfect 24 hours of relaxation and exploration I needed. However, upon my arrival, I was not expecting Gateway Park to be a mess of mud, bulldozers, and construction fences. The land where the famous arch stands is undergoing a major renovation which will add topography and area to the waterfront park. Needless to say, the park was somewhat desolate--a juxtaposition from when I last visited on a summer concert night when the lawn was scattered with locals and their picnic blankets. Despite the current state of the site, the arch is a true beacon of the city and can be seen from any direction into the city--it acts as a true iconic gateway.