So, I was having lunch yesterday at Palomino with Jennifer Nagel, exec director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. We asked for a window seat, so we could overlook the new Fountain Square, to be opened with great fanfare next weekend, Oct. 14.
Well, it still is pretty much a hard hat area, with construction cranes hard at work, and workers scurrying around like there's no tomorrow. I'm just wondering how it can possibly be done in time -- and if so, where are they going to put the entire Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra?
Then as I walked back to the office through a very empty Carew Tower, which is rapidly losing tenants, it wasn't a very heartening experience. We can all hope the developers and city planners will pull through as planned, with loads of wonderful boutiques and restaurants to fill these empty spaces. But how many actually have signed contracts at the moment?
So today I picked up my New York Times and saw the story, "Meet Me in Revitalized Downtown St. Louis." There, a downtown shopping mall is being turned into mixed-use retail and condos. Across town, a $650 million "Ballpark Village" is being planned around the new Busch Stadium, home of the Cards. The old Post Office building, now condos, has 60 new retail establishments -- restaurants, bars, banks and stores, that have opened around it.
Let's revisit the stories of two weeks ago in the Enquirer. Let me know how you think we should revitalize our downtown -- and get it done. E-mail me at email@example.com, or post a comment here.