By Grant Bissell
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Just one day until the Cardinals are back, and the city is gearing up for the postseason party.
If you're heading downtown Thursday for Game 1 of the National League Division Series, you'll probably notice things seem fresh and clean. That's because city crews are spending some serious man-hours doing things like re-striping crosswalks. Streets, park and forestry workers are trimming tree branches, picking up trash and filling in those pesky little potholes that might normally go unnoticed.
This really is as much about safety and comfort as it is about the city looking good for a national TV audience. We all know it's going to be a big party down here when the Cardinals and Blues play Thursday. There will be plenty of pride in the teams. The city streets director tells me there's no reason we shouldn't also be proud of the city itself.
"It is pride and people notice that. If you travel to someone else's city and you see a beer or soda can laying on the curb it kind of turns you off. When that stuff's picked up and there's nice markings on the street and you can walk down the sidewalk without getting hit in the head with a branch. You notice how friendly it is and you may want to come back again," said Todd Waeltermann, director of the St. Louis Streets Department.
One thing crews will be paying especially close attention to is emptying the trash cans around the downtown area. They know nobody wants to walk by a smelly pile of trash.