- Jun 21, 2020
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I agree it has come a long way in many respects. There is a lot of underutilized street level space or pedway level that should be activated, in my opinion. Even if the City leased all of its pedway/LRT station space out for $1, on the condition that the space be actively used for retail or restaurant or entertainment, that would help contribute to the critical mass, which is currently lacking.The city as actually made great strides in making downtown more attractive for people to live and play but it’s also had setbacks, some manufactured, that stifle development. Confusing parking restrictions, high rent costs (relative to the suburbs, not other downtowns), age and incomes of downtown residents, downtown crime, and a shortage of mixed use development, all have factored in to why things like arcades don’t move in.
I think not having a downtown Rec room as an example, is a huge missed opportunity, but I suspect they looked at ice district, saw the price per square foot, and felt risk adverse.
It’s quite a conundrum, but I think we should feel accomplishment for the gains the city has made since the late 2000s in such a short time. It’s only fair considering how critical we are of the blunders we see.