mean wrote:When every mid-size city in the country has a downtown LIVE area of mediocre touristy blah, what will make our downtown LIVE area of mediocre touristy blah special?
Does it have to be?
What I mean by that, is although it's called the same, and owned by the same company, it doesn't necessarily need to stand out as wholly different. People don't avoid going to traditional downtowns across the country just because they all have the same sort of shops, same sort of bars, often similar or same architecture. They go because they are nice places to be, people enjoy being there. Because they are nice places, they become attractions by themselves. Much like our River Market and Wesport, which aren't wholly different from many other traditional neighborhoods across the country. But they are still attractive places to be.
If KC Live! And every other Cordish "Live!" Destination were like Wal-Mart, where almost every store is an exact replica with the same layout, same locations within the site etc... then it would in fact be boring.
But just because it is called the same thing as other cities, doesn't make it less of a nice place to be. Someone can't really say "I've seen one LIVE district, therefore I've seen them all" anymore than they can say "I've seen one Downtown, therefore I've seen them all".