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Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association Endorses City to River

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Dear City to River Organizers and Supporters:

The members and staff of Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association are very impressed with the awareness and support you have built for the City to River plan, and with the wide-spread conversation it has started throughout the region. The removal of Interstate 70 (both above ground and below) from Poplar Street to Cass Avenue promises to be a renaissance for downtown S1. Louis’ eastern boundaries and a testament to the ability of an involved, passionate community to produce major, positive upgrades in our great city.

As downtown St. Louis’ only entertainment, dining and business district east of Interstate 70, we welcome the possibility of a new at-grade Memorial Drive Boulevard and are eager to see the rest of the city reconnect to the river that we get to view and visit every day. The City to River plan and its potential $1 billion-plus in development and investment ties in perfectly with the new Cass Avenue Bridge project and the City+Arch+River Redesign competition. The final competition concepts will be unveiled in less than two weeks, and we expect the five remaining teams to have considered and incorporated the City to River proposal.

Laclede’s Landing – the city’s oldest district and only riverfront entertainment destination – supports City to River and offers our full endorsement of the plan it has presented. We commit our support and will proudly promote interstate removal, the subsequent development of a new, thriving boulevard, and a successfully reconnected St. Louis City, Arch and River.


Emily Kochan
Executive Director
Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association

CMT, Mayor’s Vanguard Cabinet Committees Endorse City to River

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

City to River and the boulevard concept is gaining more traction and getting more support everyday.

Recently the Transit Oriented Development Committee of Citizens for Modern Transit has endorsed the City to River boulevard proposal.

Additionally, we have  received an endorsement from the Planning and Zoning Committee of the Mayor’s Vanguard Cabinet.

We are continuing to meet with developers and local organizations every week to present how removal of the former I-70 and a new boulevard will reconnect St. Louis to our riverfront once again. If you are a member of an organization that is interested in meeting with us please contact us at

Laclede’s Landing Redevelopment Corporation Endorses City to River Boulevard Plan

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

John Clark, President of the Laclede’s Landing Redevelopment Corporation, issued a statement on behalf of the board of directors fully endorsing the City to River proposal to replace the downtown lanes of I-70 with a new at-grade boulevard.  In the statement, Clark said that:

“…(the boulevard plan) seems to answer so many of the challenges connecting downtown St. Louis with the Arch and riverfront…and is fiscally responsible in these challenging economic times.”

Read the full endorsement letter (PDF)

Laclede's Landing

View of Laclede's Landing from Memorial Drive. Photo by Paul Hohmann