Skybridge in downtown St. Louis slated for destruction

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 9:38 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — When St. Louis Centre opened as what was then the nation's largest urban mall in 1985, it was hailed as a saving grace for downtown. Instead, it was a huge failure.

On Friday, a wrecking ball will tear down the old skybridge that connected the mall with Dillard's department store. Both are now closed.

Civic leaders will celebrate what they see as a fresh start for downtown. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that beer and wine will flow during the demolition, and a band will play.

Civic leaders say the skybridge is an obstacle in the way of allowing a free-flowing Washington Avenue from downtown to the Mississippi River and the Gateway Arch grounds.


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