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City Center Demo Prevented Decades of Pain

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    City Center Demo Prevented Decades of Pain

    by Mike Thompson

    Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

    The best line of the 2007 mayoral campaign came from challenger Bill Todd – “Mr. Coleman, tear down this mall!” He of course was referring to the then near empty City Center Mall.

    Now it’s happening and it’s amazing that many people still complain that demolition crews are destroying the downtown shopping center. They complain that it costs too much, there is no real plan to develop the site, and the city should have found another use for the building – like a casino.

    But if you look at the experiences of other cities- especially small and mid-sized cities – Columbus is doing the right thing. You can debate whether it was wise to build the mall in the first place. You can debate whether government incorrectly gave tax breaks to competing suburban malls. But you can’t debate death. City Center was dead and the best thing to do is bury it.

    READ MORE: http://www.wosu.org/blogs/cotr/?p=669

    #346245
    alove
    alove
    Participant

    I heard somewhere it would have costed the same amount of money (if not more) to revamp the mall. Have you ever even been inside? Three stories of ’89 architecture has no place in our city anymore. People are less concerned with shopping and more concerned with returning to nature.

    I have many fond childhood memories of city center, and visited before it was torn down, but I’m glad to see it go. The buildings surrounding that block look beautiful without that eye sore, and I’m excited for the block to rise like a phoenix.

    #346246

    anillo
    Participant

    very good article, interesting read

    #346247

    michaelcoyote
    Participant

    Walker wrote >>
    City Center Demo Prevented Decades of Pain
    by Mike Thompson
    Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
    …But you can’t debate death. City Center was dead and the best thing to do is bury it.

    Yep.. Good riddance to bad rubbish. :-p

    #346248

    cc
    Member

    I think part of the lesson of City Center is the danger of putting too many eggs in one basket. Translation: too much hope in one big project. This ‘big project’ mentality continues with the convention center hotel and the possible arena bailout in the Arena District. I would rather efforts be placed more on transportation and smaller business incubators. I think civic leaders need to learn to paint with a brush instead of a mop.

    #346249
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Interesting timing on the big project vs small project angle:

    North Market on rising trend
    Monday, February 15, 2010
    BY ROBERT VITALE
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    In the year Columbus opened a glitzy Downtown shopping mall, officials also decided to move the city’s last surviving public market from an old metal shed into an even older vacant warehouse.

    Two decades later, the City Center mall and high-end retailers such as Marshall Field’s and Godiva are long gone. The marble and chrome were hauled away months ago. Bulldozers are scooping up what’s left of its shell.

    About a mile away, the North Market enters its 138th year, riding the crest of a national trend toward locally grown, locally produced food. It’s also enjoying perhaps its most solid financial outlook ever:

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/02/15/North_Market.ART_ART_02-15-10_A1_78GJACO.html?sid=101

    #346250

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    Both this item and the downtown plan item mention lucrative parking lots.

    #346251
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    The funds generated from the North Market Parking Lots provide the financing for roughly half of the annual budget for North Market operations. Compared to other grocery stores, I guess that could be considered lucrative, but it’s hardly a cash cow for the non-profit market.

    #346252

    natedemars
    Participant

    Interesting article. Says something about the adaptive re-use of old buildings (warehouse->market) and for the viability of local businesses. Great to see so many NM shops expanding out into the city as their businesses grow.

    #346253
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    natedemars wrote >>
    Great to see so many NM shops expanding out into the city as their businesses grow.

    +1

    Another one just grew this weekend:

    Lac Viet Opens New Bethel Center Location

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