Wednesday, December 17, 2008
An Open Letter to John Steffen
Dear Mr. Steffen:
These are tough times, as you know better than anyone else. But tough times call for tough people.
I’m sure that plenty of people told you that you were crazy over the course of your career; you weren’t. You were just unafraid to dream big, which is something that a lot of people in this city are unable to do. You envisioned St. Louis as “Paris on the Mississippi,” and thanks to your hard work, that vision was becoming a reality.
You’ve left an indelible mark on this city, and the projects that you completed on Washington Avenue and in the Old Post Office District have made downtown a much more vibrant, exciting place to work and live. Hopefully, the projects you began, such as the Mercantile Exchange and Arcade Building, will come to fruition under new developers and I hope you'll return to take on new projects of your own.
I obviously don’t know the specifics of your personal financial situation, but I trust that you’ll bounce back as you always have when faced with adversity.
I sincerely hope we haven’t heard the last of John Steffen. St. Louis needs more people like you.