Well, the ferris wheel might, yes, but look at what Chicago has done with Navy Pier. It doesn't shut down in the winter.
Regardless, after reading the article that jr posted regarding the casino in Lawrenceville, it sounds like if our casino gets built and actually generates the kind of revenue for the area that everyone expects it to, we should be able to expect improvements in our city.
I've been making a point lately, to stop complaining about my city and start heading downtown more often. I've been visiting the main library on a regular basis. I posted elsewhere here that I attended my very first opening day - and we went back for a second game that Saturday.
On Friday and Saturday, I was at Seagate for the Ohio Genealogical Society conference. I visited Fricker's for lunch one day, The Blarney the next. Walking back from lunch on Saturday, I stopped to watch batting practice at Fifth Third Field. I was one of the people who hated to see the Mud Hens leave Maumee, but the ballpark in that location is absolutely perfect and I wonder if anyone can truly appreciate how perfect it is just driving by. I think you really need to be on foot.
Opting to skip out on the afternoon sessions on Saturday, my friend and I hung out in the bar at the Park Inn, having a couple of cocktails while we did research online. We watched the crowd change from conference attendees to concert goers as Carrie Underwood was playing at the arena that night.
I headed home for a bit and then met friends down at the Bronze Boar. My friend from the conference used to work downtown before relocating to Cinci, and she was blown away by how many people were around.
And yes, game nights are what bring them in, but you know what? It's gradually changing. Again, I mentioned in a previous post about being at the Attic on Adams on a Tuesday night and it was surprisingly busy. These things don't happen overnight, but things do seem to be happening.