The arena contenders got another look-over at a public meeting Thursday, with new information about where exactly the arena would be sited at each of the four potential sites.
The north site looks like an also-ran. It’s too crowded and is getting too many negative reviews.
The east and west sites still look strongest because of their proximity to Old Town and WaterWalk, respectively.
East is especially promising because of its redevelopment potential with Douglas Avenue shops, the Commerce Street arts district and Old Town. The street-level brick-and-gaslight ambiance is already in place, too.
One consideration that could use more scrutiny: What will be the demographics of arena users? The younger rock concert set will want access to Old Town’s nightlife. Older folks might prefer WaterWalk’s upscale shopping.
It’s also clear that an effective ground transportation and parking plan must be part of any arena site.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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