For an excellent account of today’s downtown baseball stadium groundbreaking, visit Ken’s Urban Blog. Somehow Ken managed to attend the event even though he lives in Seattle. Does he astral project? Anyway, the new stadium district is what I’m most excited about–not the baseball stadium, although that will be nice too. I think the stadium district, anchored by the stadium itself, is what will facilitate the resurgence of the northeast side of downtown, creating another up-and-coming walking district. Combined with the existing charms of the Riverwalk District (soon to become even better with the Old Post Office project and the extension of the whitewater park), WeFi (sure to get even busier thanks to the new urban market), and the train trench plaza going in on the north side of the Montage, Reno is set to become a city in which people can walk from a shopping district, to a ball game, to a concert, to a restaurant–a sure recipe for successful development. There is nothing wrong with healthy skepticism, but Ken is right; what Reno development supporters are seeing now is a triumph of vision. Still no canopy for a while, but I’ll live.
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