Imagine if I had popped a story a few years back that Core to Shore development would be kicked off by the opening of an AMC Theater with an Imax cinema (forget that Harkins is in nearby Lower Bricktown), a Borders Bookstore, a Hard Rock Cafe, a Sega Gameworks, a drugstore, restaurants, ice cream shop, clubs and a hotel. Go back to the master plan for Core to Shore and you’ll see renderings of such high hopes – maybe even with a hint of a Nordstrom’s to boot.
The always wonderful Otis White (@otiswhite on Twitter) this morning shared a link to a story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about that very sort of mix actually developed in downtown Minneapolis not that long ago. A cursory glimpse of this development shows proximity to an arena and all the grandest planning efforts can’t always stop a dream from turning into a nightmare:
So what can be learned from this experience as Oklahoma City continues its plunge into developing Core to Shore?