I was asking people heading into the U.S. Bank building to start their work day Tuesday what they thought of the sky bridge being demolished Friday. Those polite enough to stop for a second smiled and said they couldn't wait. One woman stopped long enough to tell me why. She told me it's ugly. It represents failure. She can't wait to have a more unobstructed view from her office.
Kitty Ratcliffe of the Conventions and Visitors Commission took it a step further saying the 4-story structure is, "dirty, it has not been maintained, it's not well-lit and it's covered in pigeon droppings."
What an endorsement for demolition.
The four-week process will mean the shutting down of Washington Avenue between 6th and 7th streets for up to four weeks. No problem... the ends justify the means.
Next the former St. Louis Centre Mall will become a parking garage with retail space on the bottom. This should be done by the end of the year. Then across the street the old Dillard's building will become a hotel and apartments by the end of 2011.
In other words, more downtown progress.