Archives—A Forecast: Looking Up Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri, in the Year 2010

"A Forecast Looking Up Olive Street in the Year 2010," from December 1910

In 1910, the Greater St. Louis Magazine published this imaginative sketch of St. Louis, a dreamlike vision of the city in the year 2010. Immaculate skyscraper-lined streets, efficient public transportation (water, ground, and air), and larger-than-life public monuments all secured St. Louis’s position as the projected “future great city of the world.” Such optimism was typical of Progressive-era civic leaders.