Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
What are you going to do at the Banks on a Wednesday night in November? How about a Tuesday in July when the Reds are on the road?
Newport has the AMC theater (which is still a draw -- the only reliable draw in the building), the Aquarium, and a comedy club (Funnybone) that draws national touring acts.
What does the Banks have? They could've built a Bogarts-type place to bring in mid-range musical acts that otherwise end up in Kentucky at the Madison or in Oakley at the 20th Century. If they had been open for business 10 years ago (as planned), they might've been a candidate for the Apple store that went to Kenwood instead -- which brings in enormous foot traffic 7 days a week.
Zero retail, zero destination attractions outside of the two sports teams. What's bringing people down the other 274 days per year?
The Aquarium would have been great. I don't go to comedy clubs or concerts on a Wednesday night in November but maybe that's just me.
If you have people already living down there then they may very well choose to eat at those places regardless of sports events. Ditto for folks working.
Things like an Apple store or the once planned Nordsroms would have been great. Perhaps that sort of retail can still be added. I think the next phase is planning for a hotel.
It's clearly a (no question a slow) work in progress but I think the choices are prudent this far. They ought not get too ambitious in this economy