Tuttle declining is laughable, and City Center being gone is great. Tuttle was plopped into Dublin by Wexner as part of his plan for Easton. Tuttle mall is still a Class A mall that does very well and serves the West/Northwest side of Columbus. Wexner intentionally put the mall there, so that when Easton was built nobody could try to compete with him on that side of town.
City Center served its purpose, and once the shopping moved out to the suburbs its sales declined. There was nothing that special about City Center…It was just a mall. Now thanks to it's demolition we have a great green space downtown which is spawning lots of new development downtown.
First off, Tuttle lost one of its 3 anchors and had it replaced with another of the same company, and there are empty storefronts starting to pop up. Macy's bought out Marshall Fields, Kauffmans, and Lazarus. All those stores merged into the same brand, none of them "left" the mall.
Second, it's not just the mall I'm talking about. The offices behind the mall are 1/3 empty, and are about to take a huge hit when Nationwide leaves in the next 2 years. Wexner was one of the leading factors behind the mall, and it was developed by the Georgetown company, who has worked on Easton, Market Square, Bath and Body Works, Nationwide Children's, Columbus Commons, and the renovation to the Lazarus building.
This is leeds certified, and one of the largest leeds projects in America at the time.
City Center was nice, but it was a failure. It never worked as planned, and essentially during its peak operation in the early 90's there was nothing keeping people downtown. They wen't to shop, left and returned to their suburbs.
I would not classify anything about City Center "special."
Last I checked the city of Columbus has a 25 million dollar rainy day fund. I would say the city is in good financial shape
The quick decline and loss of City Center was a huge financial loss for downtown and the city government from which the former has never recovered.
The mall was special because it was supposed to draw people into the downtown area, which at that time was still lacking anything interesting there.
It also was supposed to cause development, and failed. And to that point, what development had Commons led to? It was supposed to give us retail and restaurants and nightlife… well, there's a Burgers Dogs and Fries! We win, right?
To the people who are reading this and downvoting because you don't like it.
I'm calling it like I see it. I love my city and hate to see these things happen but if we deny the problem we can't fix it. How to fix it? I'm not a city engineer/zoning official; I don't know. But there are issues that need to be addressed and saying they aren't happening doesn't help at all.
They did not plan those storefronts properly.
They had the right idea, but we have come a long way in 13 years when the Arena district was born. in 1999/2000 the economy was booming, and there was a lot of opportunity. What they built were large restaurant spaces in terms of square footage and the only things that can survive in a place like that are chain restaurants/bars.
If they could go back and do it all over again, I am sure they would chop up those spaces to allow for smaller pubs and restaurants that would give a more unique feel to the Arena District. The Arena district won't die.
The club has a lease with the city through 2039, some of the restaurants will change, as most that open up fail.
The thing the city needs to work on is trying to get local places down there, so that when there is a Jackets away game, or the teams are not playing there is a reason to go down to a bar for either great away game atmosphere, or a good burger.