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Old 06-01-2016, 07:46 AM
 
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I was just reading that Enquirer article about them adding a skywheel to the Levee, which included info about the possible departure of Barnes and Noble and an IMAX theater that's sitting empty. I can't help but think that adding more stuff to the Levee is not going to solve it's inherent problem of "who is this a entertainment destination for?"

We went to a Friday night movie there about 6 mo ago, and the entire place was overrun by rowdy teens for whom it obviously was their usual destination, lots of stuff inside was closed and the layout is weird. It was hard to figure out how and where to go for the movie once we were in there. The self contained nature of the behemoth almost totally ignored the street and was not built to allow people to naturally flow to other "destinations" (lol) in Newport.

I don't think that adding a big wad of apartments, or a ferris wheel, is going to help that area become anything since it seems to lack a human-scale development plan.
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Old 06-01-2016, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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I agree completely. The Levee has always reminded me of a smaller version of Forest Fair Mall. Upscale adult restaurants, family activities and yet appealing to the teenage set to hang out- It seems to want to be all things to all people.

The sky wheel is not a bad idea. I would like to see how The Levee plans to incorporate it.
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Old 06-01-2016, 08:55 PM
 
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I was just reading that Enquirer article about them adding a skywheel to the Levee, which included info about the possible departure of Barnes and Noble and an IMAX theater that's sitting empty. I can't help but think that adding more stuff to the Levee is not going to solve it's inherent problem of "who is this a entertainment destination for?"

We went to a Friday night movie there about 6 mo ago, and the entire place was overrun by rowdy teens for whom it obviously was their usual destination, lots of stuff inside was closed and the layout is weird. It was hard to figure out how and where to go for the movie once we were in there. The self contained nature of the behemoth almost totally ignored the street and was not built to allow people to naturally flow to other "destinations" (lol) in Newport.

I don't think that adding a big wad of apartments, or a ferris wheel, is going to help that area become anything since it seems to lack a human-scale development plan.
I'd also agree, especially with the bolded point. It is built at suburban scale.

But the other side of the coin is that it does help draw in suburbanites, despite the stiff competition it gets for that sector from The Banks. To that end, I think projects like Aqua on The Levee, the Ferris Wheel, etc. will help.

IMO, its purpose if equitable to that of Navy Pier to Chicago. It's not really a mall, but more of a quasi-urban, quasi-not tourist trap that makes for good pictures and a Disneyified city experience. Again, great for bringing in suburbanites.

If I were the property managers, I'd work fast to convert the back port of the large building (facing east) into a hotel. This will take care of most of the IMAX space, and if it's done fast enough it can establish itself in the market before the hotel bubble pops. Barnes & Noble would be an easy conversion to theme restaurants and nightclubs (Hard Rock Cafe or Rainforest Cafe, anyone?).
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Old 06-04-2016, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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As a bonafide suburbanite I can confirm we like the levy. Not for traditional shopping but we like the atmosphere, the family friendliness, the walking bridge, and the nearby parks. I really hope they get the money to maintain the walking bridge. Its a great asset for the area.
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