Originally Posted by mark76
By the way why new arena has to in downtown??
Convenience really. But the thing is, unlike most cities, our region is composed of 3 separate cities and lots of suburbs/surrounding towns like New Hamburg. To put it on our downtown wouldn't be the best decision, as it alienates Uptown, the Riverfront (Cambridge), and a plethora of towns that are just a stones throw away. Not to mention there simply isn't any room without demolishing a lot of structures and re-routing roads.
I think, despite suburban development sucking hard, is that the best location would be around the Sportsworld area due to the transportation aspect (highways, major bus routes). However, the area is not very pedestrian friendly - probably one of the least in the city - so I think that would cause problems.
The area is also seeing lots of development recently. The area is getting a lot of retail/residential development lately. There are also a lot of offices going in around the area, almost creating a small business district, similar to the miniature financial/insurance district out on and around Riverbend Drive. It's definitely becoming a more dense area.