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A Seat, Busch Stadium

Ah, the new Busch Stadium. A worthy palace for baseball's best fans? A pleasant, if unoriginal, variation on the theme of new "old" ballpark? Over dinner not long ago, a St. Louis expat put it in perspective: "I just couldn't get over the view," he exclaimed. "St. Louis actually has a downtown. I mean, that's my city right there." The view beyond the center-field fence is a singular take on the familiar skyline: The Arch sits slightly off-center, prominent but not overwhelming, while the Old Courthouse, nestled at the base of the looming office towers, gleams like a jewel. You can't see everything, of course. But from where you are, you get the sense you're at the center of everything, a better city rising around you.

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