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04-12-2013, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by T-Funk View Post
More people will come to Edmonton if we have a respectable downtown atmosphere. An arena just sparks development that leads to a respectable downtown.
That's still debatable. I've been to many cities around the world where there are massive, beautiful pieces of infrastructure are built that create a small business donut effect because of the monoply the owner, like Katz, has on the development. Not saying that's what's going to happen for sure, because yeah I get there's the revitalization plan and it's not only an arena, I'm just pointing out you can't really predict whether an area will thrive or not. Will people move or travel to Edmonton if there's a nicer more built up down town? Maybe, maybe not. I'm a believer in the social drift theory, in that the area will become revitalized if the social problems (to an extent) are dealt with in the city and in the area. Not exactly the easiest an cheapest solution, I know, but you can't cover the issues that make downtown unappealing with a blanket, as they'll go somewhere else in the city and it will become an issue there. Don't get me wrong the plan is nice and all, and I'm glad it's happening, but I don't think the results will be as incredible as some are predicting.

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