Brothers plan a Ferris wheel on the Landing

October 18, 2008

The Landing is Laclede’s Landing, which is an entertainment district on the riverfront along the Mississippi in downtown St. Louis. It’s a historic area of warehouses and other commercial buildings that has been under redevelopment for decades. It’s been slow going, compared to other areas, but a significant point to keep in mind is that this has all been done with private money and, until recently, with individual entrepreneurial efforts.

Visit the Landing to take a horse drawn carriage ride along the original cobblestone streets, have Sushi at the Drunken Fish, head out to Club Buca to see and be seen at the hot night spot, and finish off the evening with a late night nosh at Joey B’s. These are all mainstays of the district, recently joined by some big players: Lumiere Place, with its casino, entertainment, and dining, plus a Four Seasons Hotel. Another new party spot is the Sky Box, and upscale sports bar and grill that is the handiwork of local celebrities-turned-developers with a passion for sports, i.e., Nelly, Marshall Faulk, Larry Hughes, and Darius Miles.

The Landing is served by the area’s MetroLink light rail systsem and is within walking distance of the Gateway Arch, the Edward Jones Dome, the new Busch Stadium, Saint Louis Convention Center, and many downtown hotels. The folks at Lumiere deserve a shout-out for having made getting to the Landing on foot from downtown hotels and convention center much easier and more pleasant by digging a tunnel linking the main of downtown St. Louis to the Landing from right in front of the Edward Jones dome. “Tunnel” is a relative word here; it’s actually called Lumiere Link, and it’s not only a practical people-mover, but also a welcoming introduction into the whole Lumiere complex.

To my way of thinking, a Ferris wheel–like the one on Navy Pier in Chicago, and the one in London, and Malasia–would be a great add to the area. Now that you know ALL about the Landing, check out the plan for the Ferris wheel.

"Eye on Malasia" Ferris wheel


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