Do me a favor. Caption this photograph, provided by urblogger Mark Groth:
Did you say something along the lines of "Compton Hill Reservoir - A South St. Louis Landmark"?
A contributor to the Atlas of American Architecture (2009), which features the Gateway Arch on its cover, summed up the most romantic of our famous water towers with the following statement.
"Few American communities are as adventuresome and self-confident as St. Louis. Its Compton Heights Water Tower is one of several municipal fantasies in this visually marvelous city."
Wow. If our city fathers built our city so adventurously and confidently (the Bevo Mill is featured in the book as well), why can't we be more confident in what we've inherited? While some us are more than proud of this city, the majority suffers from the misguided notion that St. Louis is somehow not as good as other places. It may not be the trendiest, smartest, slimmest, greenest, or other such superlatives. But it's wholly unique. And interesting. And accessible (affordable!)! Shouldn't that matter most when we assess the lot of our fair city?
I think we found our feel-good tagline! St. Louis: A Visually Marvelous City.
Someone agrees with the unnamed editor of the Atlas referenced above--the Los Angeles Times. Their travel writers called St. Louis one of the most underrated destinations in the world in 2009! (Scroll to #25 on the slideshow on that link). Somehow I missed that one.
I think the lesson here, St. Louis, is: be confident. We have a lot to be proud of. Spread the word.
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