With 2018 coming to a close, we are feeling a little nostalgic. From reopenings and renovations to special announcements and fun collaborations, this year was full of great moments in Downtown St. Louis. We’ve rounded up our 10 favorites below.
1. The Reopening of the Gateway Arch National Park
Our city’s icon is open again! After five years of construction, the Gateway Arch National Park reopened with a new name, renovated grounds, and an updated museum.
2. Fair Saint Louis Returns to Downtown
With the reopened Arch Grounds returned this famous summer festival: Fair Saint Louis! Those four summers in Forest Park were great, but we’re thrilled to have this Fourth of July experience back in Downtown. Is there anywhere better to view fireworks than under the Arch?
3. Pro Soccer is Coming to Downtown
Soccer fans rejoiced when the St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved the much-anticipated MLS stadium tax plan. Get ready, sports fans: Looks like professional soccer is coming to Downtown!
4. Bike (and Scooter) Share Comes to STL
In a hurry? Trying to get active? Simply looking to fill a little free time? With bike and scooter share now in St. Louis, an inexpensive mode of transportation is likely a few feet away. These rentables by Lime and Bird have been zipping through Downtown for months.
5. The eCab Pilot Program
Speaking of transportation, Downtown’s eCab pilot program kicked off in March and began offering quick rides throughout the city. We’re eager to see if the eCabs make a return in 2019.
6. The Return of the Garment District
St. Louis continues to regain its momentum as a fashion city with countless renovations and new businesses popping up in the Garment District on Washington Avenue.
7. Soldiers Memorial Reopens
The $30 million renovation of Downtown’s Soldiers Memorial was unveiled in early November. Thanks to the support of anonymous donors, two new exhibits were added to this paramount museum.
8. Axe Throwing Became Downtown’s New Pastime
Escape rooms are great and bar crawls are fun, but the newest group activity to hit Downtown has a sharper edge—literally. While Top Notch technically opened in 2017, this axe throwing venue exploded in popularity over the last year.
9. STL’s Favorite Salty Snack Became a Dessert
When Austin Blankenship and Corey James brought Bella’s Frozen Yogurt back to Downtown, they decided to partner with other local businesses for special flavor collaborations. The result? A Red Hot Riplet froyo that sold out in six hours. Yum!
10. Taylor Swift Rocks the Dome at America’s Center
Taylor Swift’s sold-out show brought pop music, large-scale theatrics (hello, giant snake!) and 48,000 screaming fans to Downtown — making it the biggest concert in the area of 2018!
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