A City of Gates That Do Not Swing Wide

Writer Edward McPherson on The Legacy of the St. Louis Arch

June 11, 2017
Edward McPherson

August Jennewein (UMSL)

A gate is an opening. A threshold. An entrance. But a gate is also an exit. And a gate can be a barrier. It’s one of the oldest and most powerful symbols in the world for transformation. So what is it like to live in a city with a giant arch—a gate—at its heart? Writer Edward McPherson offers this meditation on the enduring symbolism of living in the shadow of the Gateway Arch.


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