Downtown Saint Louis used to be mainly a ghost town in the evenings, except for the nights when there happened to be a ball game, but that has changed: the latest real estate boom led to numerous loft apartments in former industrial buildings dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Downtown still has numerous Catholic churches. The new Loft District is served by Saint Patrick's to the east and Saint Nicholas to the west, as well as several other churches within walking distance, including Saint John Apostle and Evangelist, Saint Joseph Shrine, and the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France.
As I was taking this photograph, a group of about six young women, who all claimed to be professional photographers, stopped me and proceeded to laughingly criticize my technique. Their sole male companion attempted to sell me a T-shirt.
The Gateway Arch.
The road ends in a flood, and Wharf Street is underwater.
Taken from the Metrolink subway station inside of Eads Bridge.
Laclede's Landing is a small entertainment district redeveloped in the 1970s from a decaying industrial area. The historical buildings here are dwindling in number, as the empty lot in the foreground testifies. A precious small section of the original Saint Louis street-grid exists in this area, the bulk of the original city having been destroyed to make room for the Arch.