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.