National Geographic : 1987 Aug
Restored centerpiece of downtown revival,99-year old Union Station reopened in 1986 with a 75,000 balloonflourish (left). The once derelict railroadstation is now a "festivalmarket place" with some 40 restau rants, 70 retail shops, and a hotel where visitors can stay in antique Pullman cars (facing page). The statue recalls the station'sbusy life duringWorld War II. Nearly 15 million people visited the renovated station in its first year-a turnout that thrilled developers Bob and Sandra Borns (below), the only bidders on the risky 60-million-dollarproject that city leaders hope will anchor downtown business. "This city is made up of people who make things happen," says Bob Borns. "We're well on our way to becoming the urban Disneyland."