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- July 26, 2012 7:12 pm at 7:12 pm in reply to: American Dirt: Enticing visitors downtown…and then incarcerating them #508022
It is not several blocks to anything. The cap is literally across the street north of the convention center. We recently joined Experience Columbus specifically as a way to capture more traffic from the conventions. We get convention goers all of the time on the last day of a four or five day convention lamenting about how they just found out about the Short North on the last day.
I think we just aren’t doing a very effective job at getting the word out, to the convention goers, about what is just north of them. The kiosks outside of the convention center also have “convention area businesses” and not the Short North, which I think does everyone a disservice.
I think it has outgrown the park but I am also not sure it has outgrown the neighborhood. I think it should grow into the district. Why not have an official comfest theater stage at The Garden, or set up a movie theater in another bar for a comfest film festival? I think there are ways to include a broader community that would solve a lot of the problems. Not parking, but a lot of them.June 20, 2012 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm in reply to: Westgate and others – how can we stimulate business? #500410
I don’t know how to change their minds. If anything casinos have a reason to discourage development surrounding them. Their only goal is to keep visitors inside as long as possible. I think you are right though. I think the commercial owners were already priced too high, taking an outdated pricing structure of the value of being on a highway x amount of vehicular traffic. Then they thought the casino some how added even more.June 20, 2012 2:31 pm at 2:31 pm in reply to: Westgate and others – how can we stimulate business? #500403
I am not saying housing stock is a detriment. I am saying it is not a draw. The businesses, quality neighbors, good schools, walkability and safety will be the draw. That is what works in Clintonville and Grandview, they have the same houses.
I think if you don’t think the housing stock in westgate is a draw then you have never been to our area. The amazing house you get for your money is the thing we have going for us. Beyond that the problems have essentially been covered. I was working with someone who wanted to open a coffee shop in the old rally’s building and the landlord wanted more per square foot than I pay in the Short North. The zero set back strip on Broad with tons of character is totally run down and that guy is asking huge prices too.
Got one in my basement!
It would be super fun but bowling alleys need a lot of space and I doubt someone could make it work with Short North Rental Rates. It would be great if one of our larger bars could put in a duck pin lane or two though.
Saving a city asset is a “grievous political sin”? We should be using the casino money to widen roads to New Albany, I guess.
I think many of us upset about this issue are West Siders. We got to listen to horror stories about the detriment the casino would be to the Arena District and then have the same people tell us what a benefit it would be to us. Now the money for the thing you are sticking us with is being used to bailout the same district it was slated for originally?
Wait, your previous post you said shame on me for saying not to make us endure two days of pain then you asked to keep it on the same night?
I don’t feel like the press all hates Wonderland. I think all of the articles that have come out this week have been just the facts with little or no speculation attached.
There was a super bad storm so not that many people came. Does that make you feel any better?
It is also probably worth noting that my birthday party was just that, my birthday party. I just had people give money to Wonderland instead of buy me stuff. I am not sure why everyone is making a big deal about that. It wasn’t even an official Wonderland thing.
I would like to say, in regards to the manner at which we launched and have promoted this project, that I still fully believe it will happen and I don’t think it would have happened if we did not fully invest ourselves the way we did.
Many of us have spent huge amounts of time, energy and money to make this project happen and will continue to do so because we have faith in the concept and the other people working on it.
In terms of putting the cart before the horse, sometimes that is what you have to do with a start up. You have to have the faith that what you are working on is worth it and operate under the expectation of success.
Hey dcarmello, Wonderland is no longer doing Trophy Thursdays. Columbus Commons is handling a lot more of their programming now.
We have a lot of updates, including new project renderings, at WonderlandColumbus.com
We will also be at Red White and Boom supporting a great line up of bands on the Long Street stage and will be there to answer any questions or give project updates.
That is a great idea! I bet they could tie in a lot of the surrounding buildings too if they could get the permitting worked out. I think most things should be at Columbus Commons though.
I had coffee with a few SN business owners today and one came up with an interesting suggestion, move High Ball to Columbus Commons. It could still be run by and benefiting the Short North but no business disruptions, ample parking and a more controllable area for ticketing and such.
As for the football thing, as much as I gripe I do think that is getting to be much less of a deal. I notice it still but even last year it was less of a drastic change. I think this year will only help move the tide in the direction of people seeing what else is out there. Plus, like it or not, OSU is a huge part of our city being as large and vibrant as it is, so those bad football Saturdays have to be balanced against my great December…