From the Editor: Our December Issue At A Glance

 

If you’re like many St. Louis natives, including myself, your trips to the Arch and its grounds have been few and far between. Maybe you visited as a child, or were prompted to explore the landmark with an out-of-town guest. It’s a curious reality, given the strong identity the impressive monument has always lent to our city. But luckily, it’s a reality the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation has set out to change. The foundation has been hard at work since the conclusion of its design competition in 2010 to transform the Arch grounds and make the riverfront park a more inviting and relevant part of our city.

Now, as the winning design comes to fruition, I for one couldn’t be more excited. In a special feature, Associate Editor Gwen Ragno digs into the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation’s progress and plans, which include a progressive new Park Over the Highway that will span I-70 and connect the Arch grounds with Downtown St. Louis, a new westward-facing entrance to the visitor center and Museum of Westward Expansion, new biking trails, walking paths and green spaces to make the park more inviting and easily accessible for citywide events. One look at the renderings, and it’s easy to see the incredible breadth and significance of this project for our city. (For an update on the revised timing for the project, follow this link.)

Although the year 2015 may seem light years away, the holidays are just around the corner, and our editors have once again compiled their list of top local gift ideas for our annual Wish List. Samantha Chadwick pulled out all the stops when shopping for the season’s hottest items, many of which can only be found in STL. We hope this guide gets you into the holiday spirit and allows you to discover and explore local retailers new and old, and perhaps even find a new favorite shopping destination.

Finding the hidden gems that make our city great is something our cover man, Rams defensive end Chris Long, says is one of his favorite things about living in STL. The Rams heavy hitter names The Loop as his favorite destination to explore—that is when he’s not on the field adding to his impressive current career total of 47.5 sacks and 165 tackles. The 28-year-old simply has football in his blood: His father is former Raiders hall of famer and current Fox Network NFL studio analyst Howie Long, and his brother Kyle is a rookie with the Chicago Bears. Yet Long shows he’s still a smalltown guy at heart when talking about the fact that they don’t have things like the zoo or the Arch “back home” in Charlottesville, VA. It seems even the $58 million-contract player will appreciate the progress being made on the riverfront.

 

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