By: Diane Benjamin
Practically since Tari became mayor, the citizens have been told the Front and Center building can’t be saved. Now Jeff Giebelhausen thinks it can be a hotel.
Here’s the problems:
- Hotels and convention centers are a dime a dozens. Spend time on Google and see all the failures.
- Bloomington has convention centers: Doubletree, Chateau – just to name a few
- A lot of citizens don’t support plans for a downtown hotel
- Government shouldn’t create competition for already existing hotels
- Few people believe a downtown hotel will help the Coliseum
Time to jump out of the hotel-convention center box Tari!
Everybody realizes Tari wants a strong downtown. Everybody realizes Tari is willing to risk public money to get it.
Hold a contest Tari!
Offer a cash prize to the citizen that creates the most unusual and futuristic no-fail plan to get people downtown.
Here’s an example of what might work:
A High Tech high school. The future is technology and college costs are ridiculous. A tech school can bring in the best and the brightest and maybe their parents. Kids can graduate ready for the world and maybe bypass college. (Sorry professor) Bloomington could lead the education revolution instead of hoping a hotel works.
California has some high-tech charter schools. Here’s one: http://newtechhigh.org/about-us/
This high school partners with a local Community College: http://oaklandtech.com/staff/community-college-concurrent-enrollment/
Why not make Bloomington the technology center of the state? Train kids for the future instead of creating minimum wage jobs at a hotel.
Maybe a downtown charter school located in the Front and Center building would create demand someday for a hotel. Right now it’s your dream and not supported by a LOT of citizens.
Make Bloomington a destination by giving people what they need, not your hopes and dreams.
Innovate Tari – quit regurgitating the past. The internet makes conventions unnecessary for businesses.
Bloomington doesn’t need boxed in to yet another destined to fail plan.
Create a future Tari!
Let the citizens create a workable road map to make downtown successful. Local government has failed at it so far.