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The Arena
Some five years later, the site now contains offices, condominiums, a hotel and restaurant.

"The Highlands at Forest Park" look like they're designed to recall the domed shape of the old Arena (though others have mentioned that it's actually intended to recall the long-vanished Forest Park Highlands which stood nearby). That's all well and good, but it makes one wonder why something worth recalling was destroyed in the first place.

That said, I have seen many worse developments than this one. The new buildings are here, for better or worse... at least they're fairly attractive and of mixed uses.

There is a certain irony, however, in the inclusion of a chain restaurant claiming to be "Your Hometown Sports Bar".

Additionally, inclusion of a vast green space seems a bit ironic when you're located a hundred feet away from one of the largest urban parks in America.

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