News Flash! Downtown Needs Retail, Parking
Here’s a shocker: a study has shown that Downtown Lincoln needs more retail—specifically homegrown retail—and improved parking coordination. Raise your hand if you didn’t see that conclusion coming. Anybody? I didn’t think so.
I know there is a lot of cynicism surrounding the push to “renew” Downtown. (Why, did it expire?) Why mess with the hassle of going Downtown when there are so many more-accessible options elsewhere? Why pay for parking when you can get it free at the mall? And so on. The cynics make some good points. What many of them fail to realize, however, is just how popular the “back to Downtown” movement is all across the country. I was floored by how much new development was going on in downtown Des Moines when I was there this weekend. Omaha is just a couple years behind them. Similar development is happening in big and little cities everywhere. The market for this stuff is booming, and it would be a huge mistake for Lincoln not to take advantage of it, both at the public and private levels.