Just take a look at The Augusta Chronicle of July 9 and you’ll understand why a Downtown Arts District is a bad idea: The front page features a story about a shooting that occurred July 6, stating, “A shooter opened fire in the 900 block of Broad Street about 11:30 p.m. Friday, hitting six people, police say.”
In addition to the fear of nighttime crime, there are other problems. Parking is an issue. How many people decline to come downtown at night because they must use parking decks or side streets and then walk blocks to the entertainment venue? This is a particular hardship for the elderly or handicapped.
Why not build a state-of-the-art facility on a piece of land big enough for a theater and parking? It may not fit in with the big plans for downtown revitalization much on the minds of our city leaders, but it would better serve the needs of the people who pay their salaries.