Originally Posted by BevoLJ
From my experience I'd disagree Mike. The places I have lived like Austin, Boston, NOLA, LA and London the most successful entertainment districts that depend on two things being very near and in great abundance. Students and tourist. The only real exceptions I can think of (from my experience so not talking NYC) are a couple parts of London. But very few cities have anything like the Tube that can bring so many to Piccadilly Circus. And even then many you see in that station on a Saturday night are from the West End or not to far.
Most of the patrons that the establishments in stronger areas depend on, that last, live or are staying near by. Bourbon Street in NOLA and Sixth Street in Austin certainly don't depend on the suburbs. Most of those you find there live near there or are staying in hotels near there.
I would have to disagree.
-1: One of the first things my professor taught us in retail class was that local populations do not support retail and entertainment districts. These places rely on metropolitan wide draws for the most part.
-2: I guess all the people that drive in and fill up all the parking lots and crowd onto the buses going back to the suburbs and other city neighbourhoods from these entertainment districts are just an illusion?
The following is the from the Downtown Austin Alliance
-9,000 people live in downtown Austin.
-On weekends over 100,000 patrons come downtown for entertainment.
That is not just the local downtown population or even the surrounding inner neighbourhoods.