And yet, the first question after event is "will action follow". GOOD Ideas for Cities is focused on action, and one presented design will be chosen by GOOD and the teams to push ahead and attempt to become reality. But whether that happens or not, action will follow. Perhaps Maggie Hales personifies this action when she stated on St. Louis on the Air that she's personally been inspired by the event to work more creatively within East West Gateway and to see through some of these ideas to reality. If the GOOD event were to serve only as this sort of inspiration, it would be well worth it.
The payoff is going to be future collaboration and efforts that we are not aware of today. The St. Louis community needs 846 people to attend events like this so that we have 200 people volunteer to plant community gardens with Gateway Greening and so that 40 people will show up at the next community meeting about a proposed historic preservation district, so that 4 people show up at a Land Reutilization Authority meeting. A number of these comments mirror what was said on St. Louis Public Radio. Be sure to listen to the podcast to learn more.
Through this experience, East West Gateway is now better connected to Metro, KETC and individual members of the community. This is the case with each and every team. The local leaders are an impressive list, which includes St. Patrick's Center to Lambert International Airport, Washington University, Mayor Slay's office, Great Rivers Greenway, the Partnership for Downtown and many more. Teams themselves were empowered to make the city a better place. Check out the individual team profiles here.
The Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Beacon both covered the event and have good round-ups. Brief descriptions from memory of each proposal would be insufficient and shortchange the ideas themselves and so will not be attempted here. Updates and additional information is available at the GOOD Ideas for Cities - St. Louis Facebook page. Videos of each presentation are not yet online, but will be made available and posted here soon. Until then, at least two teams have put their presentations online: