5 New Year's Resolutions for St. Louis

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3. Hang at the Gateway Arch more.
How are we not constantly hanging out at the Arch? Sure, parking is a little tricky, but our iconic monument has the potential to be a beautiful events space. We have a few ideas for concerts, festivals and contests that could get more folks to the riverfront. (Kite festival, anyone? Or maybe a noontime dance party?) And we can't wait to see what CityArchRiver does with the Arch grounds expansion.

4. Get a major-league soccer team.

Jon Gitchoff
As Yogi Berra says, St. Louis is the birthplace of American soccer. This year our futbal-loving citizens drew three international friendly games featuring some of the best teams and players in the world. Let's keep that momentum going. All we need is money. We know that's hard to come by in a city that can't even finance an American football stadium, but this is our last chance. Let's bring an MLS team to soccer-loving St. Louis.

5. Be nicer to transplants.

Flyover Hangover via flickr
Yes, they pronounce "Gravois" wrong. Yes, they laugh when we ask what high school they went to. They even -- shudder at the thought -- tend to dis provel cheese. Sacrilege! But the people moving to St. Louis are keeping this city alive. They bring with them money and fresh ideas. If we're going to find solutions to our crime and infrastructure problems, we need the outsiders. Welcome to St. Louis.

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