Making the Center Bold

Making the Center Bold

Substance Architecture’s Riverwalk pavilion in Des Moines.
Courtesy Substance Architecture


the Union Railroad Bridge, converted to pedestrian use by Safdie Rabines.
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A vibrant arts sector has helped transform this Western Michigan downtown with a new art museum and opera, along with several medical projects spearheaded by the robust health care sector.



The st. louis citygarden.
steve hall/hedrich blessing

St. Louis

The Gateway Mall is a focal point for redevelopment in downtown St. Louis, and its new CityGarden sculpture park, financed entirely with private funds, is seen as just the tip of the iceberg of efforts to revamp public spaces.