Forest Park

- Luke Loranger

This past week I had the experience of working in Forest Park, and it reminded me of what I really love about the park. Besides the obvious importance of green spaces in urban areas, I think Forest Park is special because of its "otherworldliness." By this, I mean that Forest Park is a true heterotopic space- a space that is transformative or unlike anywhere else on earth. Such spaces can be encountered daily (movie theatres, amusement parks, nice coffee shops) but very few have the effect of transforming time and space the way Forest Park does. If one walks around Forest Parks and squints hard enough they can imagine the year is 1920 and the gilded age architecture that dots the park reflects the wealth of turn of the century St. Louis.