The Enquirer is reporting that the Metropole building on Walnut Street “will be remade into a world-class hotel and contemporary arts venue under a $48 million plan billed as a key to revitalizing Cincinnati’s Backstage entertainment and arts district.”
This development will be a great addition to the lodging and entertainment options. Guest staying at the Metropole Hotel will be able to board the Cincinnati Streetcar on Walnut and take it down to the entertainment options at The Banks or ride up to the casino to be built on Broadway Commons, about a block from the streetcar line.
The streetcar will connect the casino with the other entertainment options downtown and ensure that those who come to visit the casino will spend time at local business rather than just hop off the interstate, go to the casino and leave.
Visitors can park once, at the casino, Fountain Square or anywhere else along the route and use the streetcar to get to the various destinations they want to visit. Someone could have dinner at Nada, take the streetcar to the casino or a ball game, and then take the streetcar back to their hotel or to see some live jazz at the Blue Wisp or Schwartz’s Point.
According to the Enquirer, the casino operators have “pledge(d) not to build on-site hotels to keep customers “captive,” but to cooperate with downtown hotels, restaurants and other businesses.” The streetcar will allow those visiting the casino to easily get to the downtown hotels, including the Metropole Hotel.
Someone visiting Cincinnati on for a convention and without a car will have their entertainment options expanded, which will increase the desirability of Cincinnati, hopefully increasing convention business.
The Cincinnati Streetcar will connect the new developments that are happening in this city with our largest employment centers and will itself generate new jobs and growth along the line. We’ve been making considerable progress in this city, let’s tie it together and keep Cincinnati moving forward by building the streetcar. Support Cincinnati’s Renaissance–Build the Streetcar.