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National Parks Service Encourages Exploration of Downtown St. Louis

Posted By Sarah Goodyear On June 23, 2010 @ 9:38 am In Network Roundup | 1 Comment

3618719206_ac29661d1c.jpgSure, the Gateway Arch is spectacular, but there’s more to St. Louis. (Photo: hz536n [1] via Core of Discovery Flickr pool)

Today we’ve got news from member blog Dotage St. Louis [2] about a sweet new initiative from the National Parks Service (NPS) called "Core of Discovery [3]." Aimed at tourists visiting the city’s Gateway Arch (an NPS property), it highlights various attractions of St. Louis’s downtown — historic architecture [4], bike rentals [5] to enjoy the path along the Mississippi, the new Citygarden [6] sculpture park and many others.

The Core of Discovery website is beautifully designed, and the NPS is also using social media — including a Flickr group [7] that already has some quite stunning content — to draw visitors into an exploration of what urban St. Louis has to offer. The effort dovetails with a major design competition [8] focused on better integrating the Gateway Arch grounds into the city’s urban fabric. Here’s what Dotage St. Louis has to say:

With the ongoing City Arch River 2015 [8] design competition, it’s great to see the NPS express its dedication towards connecting the Arch to downtown in the meantime.… It might seem like a small step on the part of the NPS, but clearly much thought has gone into the design of this site and the marketing of our downtown. I applaud this effort and am excited that I’ll be here in person to witness the more radical interventions that will be proposed this fall as a part of the Archgrounds International Design Competition.

More from around the network: Half Mile Circles [9] writes about a new report about the effect of compact development on greenhouse gas emissions. Transit Miami [10] writes about the threat to some Miami Beach bike lanes. And One Speed: Go! [11] has a philosophical meditation on the benefits of riding a tandem.

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URLs in this post:

[1] hz536n: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hz536n/3618719206/

[2] Dotage St. Louis: http://stldotage.blogspot.com/2010/06/downtown-core-of-discovery.html

[3] Core of Discovery: http://www.coreofdiscovery.com/

[4] historic architecture: http://www.coreofdiscovery.com/explore/

[5] bike rentals: http://www.coreofdiscovery.com/explore/discovery-bike-rentals/

[6] Citygarden: http://www.coreofdiscovery.com/explore/citygarden/

[7] Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/coreofdiscovery/

[8] major design competition: http://www.cityarchrivercompetition.org/

[9] Half Mile Circles: http://reconnectingamerica.org/posts/compact-development-s-impact-on-greenhouse-gases

[10] Transit Miami: http://www.transitmiami.com/2010/06/22/bicycle-lanes-on-miami-beach-put-on-the-chopping-block/

[11] One Speed: Go!: http://onespeedgo.blogspot.com/2010/06/tandems-overcome-bicycle-solpisicm.html

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