Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi River’

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Cass Avenue Bridge Construction Progress

March 20, 2011

Today I drove up North Broadway from downtown and observed the progress that has been made on the new Cass Avenue Bridge (that’s what I’m calling it). This is an exciting new project which opens up the possibility to reverse the terrible decision we made, sending highway 70 right through Downtown St. Louis and cutting it off from the Arch/Riverfront. CitytoRiver is still working to turn this great opportunity into reality.

Cass Avenue Bridge Construction

The Contractors, it seems, are also working quickly to make this bridge a reality.  A good portion of the land approach has been built (presumably on both sides of the river), and the large number of cranes on both sides makes me think that it won’t be too long until they start to cross the Mississippi.

Cass Avenue Bridge Construction

After my visit today I look forward to the view of Downtown St. Louis that will be enjoyed from the bridge once it has been completed.  By climbing up on a big pile of dirt and concrete I was able to to get a sneak peak.

Downtown from the Cass Avenue Bridge

I even think it was worth the risks I took with my Wallabees.

For more photos of the Cass Avenue Bridge see my Flickr set here.

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Cementland

March 14, 2010

Cementland is a project that has been in the works for ten years.  Ever since I first stumbled upon this New York Times article a year or so ago, I have been curious about the project.  And what a cool project it is.  With the City Museum already in place as one of the region’s most unique and popular attractions, Bob Cassilly still wants to contribute more.

Cementland from Riverview

Cementland is Bob Cassilly continuing to endorse reuse.  It is possible to create something totally new and exciting without starting from scratch.

Cementland Sculpture

With nothing more to go off of than rumors (landscaping work is being done at Cementland) and a few dated articles from around the internet (ranging from the detailed 2000 article in the Riverfront Times, to accounts of “Miss Rockaway Armada,” a crazy boat trip up the Mississippi which culminated in a rock concert on the river at Cementland), I actually think this project could open to the public in the near future.  I really hope it does because I really want to go!

Cementland

More photos of Cementland are available here, here, here and here.  Also, a very funny account of a visit to Cementland can be read at this link.

Further Reading:

http://www.clui.org/lotl/v29/j.html

http://martadouglass.blogspot.com/2008/07/i-love-you-bob-cassilly.html

http://urbanstl.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=3541&start=30

Update:

Photos of Cementland in 2011

Update 2:

Photos of Cementland on August 27th, 2011 

Update 12/6/2011:

A new website has been launched for Cementland.  Bookmark it and check back for updates in the coming months.