Originally Posted by Cirrus
It's better this way. Single-use ghettos are bad. It's better to spread civic spaces around so each neighborhood has 1 or 2.
I totally agree. Some of you may recall that I proposed on my blog when there was all the controversy over where to put the new Colorado History Museum, that it could go at the corner of Larimer and Speer on property already owned by the state, and in an area that was NOT Civic Center yet still readily accessible to the masses:
The state decided to keep the new History Colorado Center in the Civic Center area anyway, as was expected. However, I would argue that with the HCC staying in Civic Center, and with all of the other existing cultural assets in the district (DAM, DPL, etc.), and the addition of the Clyfford Still Museum and the cultural component of the new Ralph Carr Colorado Justice Center, that we now have more than enough cultural facilities in the Civic Center area. Adding any more to Civic Center will result in a diminishing return. Putting the MCA there would have been a mistake. I'm glad in went into LoDo.
In the future, I'm hopeful we will develop a "Technology Museum"-type institution, plus we also need a separate Denver History Museum focused on just the city proper. Both of those could serve an anchors in a place like, say, Arapahoe Square or Ballpark. Spread the cultural wealth!