It appears that the Danforth Foundation has withdrawn its offer to contribute up to $50 million toward a new museum on the Arch grounds.
In my opinion, this is a good thing - we don't need a museum on the Arch grounds.
Maybe the Danforth Foundation could use that $50 million to focus its efforts on projects that would have a much more transformative effect on the revitalization of downtown than a museum.
I'm sure an investment by the Danforth Foundation would help Dave Checketts and Paul McKee with the renovation of the Kiel Opera House. Perhaps the Danforth Foundation could use its money to tackle St. Louis Centre. Maybe it could help bring the Museum of Transport to Union Station or fund the expansion of the Central Library. $50 million could cover the cost of numerous smaller renovation projects, like the Mercantile Library Complex, Chouteau's Landing, the Union Square Building on Locust, and a host of other buildings that need to be brought back to life.