Monday, December 22, 2008
Let's go back in time, to November 1968. This picture was taken at the corner of 7th and Washington on the day after Thanksgiving, 40 years ago. I LOVE this picture; I find myself staring at it all the time.
Having been downtown on the day after Thanksgiving this year and the last few years, I can attest that there were a lot fewer people on the streets than there were 40 years ago. This year, the vast majority of the people I saw downtown were there to attend the Show-Me Bowl high school state championship football games at the Edward Jones Dome. It was enough to add a little life to the streets, but certainly nothing like the picture above.
When I think about the future of downtown and how I'd like for it to look and feel, this is what I want.
How do we get back to this point?