Should Midtown be redeveloped as a casino?
We should take full advantage should such an opportunity be available to us. The economic benefits could be substantial. Note the success of the Seneca Casino in Niagara Falls as well as Turning Stone in Central N.Y.
-Victor E. Salerno, CEO,
O’Connell Electric Co.
The casino idea has been stalled long enough. A casino has by far the greatest potential for drawing people downtown and also to draw visitors to the city. It’s a good idea. Much better than the Renaissance Center fiasco.
(Midtown) should be redeveloped like Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia, Pa. It’s an indoor public market-lots of energy, vitality, etc. It’s the third most visited tourist destination in Philly. … Check out the Web site, www.readingterminalmarket.org. Since visiting the Reading Terminal Market about five years ago, I’ve always thought this would work great at Midtown.
-Chris Kelsey, Canandaigua
A casino works, but why not turn the complex into the biggest gaming mecca in the world? Electronic gaming, incorporating multi-player game consoles (PS2/3, Wii, Xbox), Internet-based games and huge LAN parties. Put in a bowling rink, an ice rink, a basketball court, coffee shops, health bars. Offer free wireless, small meeting/conference rooms for traveling business folks, and a small, affordable hotel upstairs.
Add a branch of the Public Market to Midtown. The Public Market on Union Street is the only place where minorities and whites, rich and poor, urban and suburban, mix well and safely. … Study the success of the Public Market from a sociological perspective and then replicate that model in Midtown and it will work and other businesses will follow.
Dakota Software Corp.
12/08/06 (C) Rochester Business Journal