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?
CE, the Banks isn't a finished development. Those retailers they have announced are just the tip of the iceberg. There is still a lot of space still available that will be developed in the coming years.
Sea Ray, I couldn't tell if you were being sarcastic or not about Fountain Square, but the redevelopment of Fountain Square has been a huge success. There is nightly programming, music, events on the Square that brings in tons of people and it has spurred development around it. And CE, while there are a few chains around Fountain Square, there are a lot of independent eateries as well including Via Vite, the Brazilian steakhouse, Nada, the Penguin dueling piano bar, Nicholson's, Walnut Street Grill, Righteous Room, etc...