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“I have found a site on which to form my
settlement which might hereafter become
one of the finest cities in America.”
                                               - Pierre Laclede, 1764

Nearly two and a half centuries after Laclede’s prediction, St. Louis continues to live up to its founder’s expectations. A city at the heart of America, situated near the confluence of two great rivers – the Missouri and the Mississippi - more than 2.6 million people now call the St. Louis region home, making it one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. ICSE 2005 will be held in downtown St. Louis at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, within sight of the City’s most recognizable symbol, the stunning Gateway Arch, built to pay tribute to Thomas Jefferson’s vision and to commemorate the City’s pivotal role in the country’s westward expansion.

In 1804 St. Louis welcomed the explorers Lewis & Clark as they set out on their journey of discovery. Two hundred years later, St. Louis welcomes more than six million visitors a year. Vestiges of its frontier river town origins remain in its historic levee district. Its roots in hot blues and cool jazz continue to grow. Visitors and locals alike flock to its many attractions which include a world-class botanical garden, zoo, and science center. Modern St. Louis is a cultured city with museums ranging from classical to contemporary to eclectic. Fine restaurants abound and offer visitors a variety of dining experiences from sidewalk cafés to steakhouses, ethnic bistros and famous Italian restaurants.

St. Louis is a city of unique neighborhoods, from French-influenced Soulard to the Victorian townhouses of Lafayette Square, to the revitalized downtown Loft District. St. Louis’ many distinct neighborhoods mirror the city’s cosmopolitan diversity yet give the city a close-knit feel. It is one of the greenest cities in America with over one hundred neighborhood parks and it’s crown jewel, Forest Park, at nearly 1,400 acres, larger than New York’s Central Park. Host to the 1904 World’s Fair, the park is an oasis in the center of the metropolitan area.

Lambert International Airport provides service to and from St. Louis and Metrolink’s light rail service provides easy access from the airport to the downtown area and to many popular attractions around town.

Welcome to the “Gateway City”!