When we got there, I was very impressed. I see now why St. Louisans (St. Louisites?) are so crazy about their arch and have it on every image, sign or symbol for the city. The size and grace of the structure are quite striking, and after having seen it up close, it retains it's beauty when seen from afar. Standing below felt momentous and I realized, "I really like this city."
The view from the top is nice. Is it nice enough to counteract all those lines and all that congestion? Yes... I think so. Or rather, the experience of having been is enough to make me glad we went. It was a good and fun thing to do, it just didn't compare to the beauty of the structure from the outside.