Originally written February 01, 2013 on i70baseball:
For all that baseball is in St. Louis, in some ways it also isn’t. Busch Stadium is a remarkable building in the midst of mostly drab downtown scenery, but by and large that’s it when it comes to the St. Louis Cardinals visual imprint on the city. Made worse by that is the fact that much maligned, graveyard of where the majority of the current stadium’s predecessor stood takes away from some of the luster of the current parks atmosphere. In many ways, the only true way to understand the real impact of the Cardinals’ franchise on the city is by word of mouth, by spending time amongst the people of the city and unavoidably coming to know what the team truly represents at its epicenter. The Cardinals are an institution, and a point of unmatched civic pride, and Ballpark Village is a chance to create a striking visual showcase as well, and as there should be. The story of BP Village is one that’s been told many times. The promise of a “fan’s mecca”, a district full of traces of both th...
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