Monday, October 31, 2011

Changes coming to Mesa

This extended economic slowdown means that more changes are coming to Mesa.  This doesn't necessarily mean bad news.  As we have said in the past, Mesa has found a lot of creative ways to reuse and reinvent shopping centers and other underused buildings.  Let's hope this trend continues. 

First, the Broadway Palm theater will soon make some changes.  Struggling to compete with other venues including the Mesa Arts Center, the theater is looking for ways to attract customers and survive.  Part of the challenge is that it is anchoring a shopping center that is also struggling.  So which comes first, the theater goers who become shoppers or the shoppers who become theater goers?

Also, here is an update on the Fiesta District.  The ofter talked about district still have several plans in the works, though as we have said before, the "branding effort" has been less than impressive.  Sadly, the high end condos that were explored have completely evaporated and will be replaced with a police station.  The financial savings is good for the taxpayers, but won't add to the "vibe" like the condos would have.  There is still work to be done on the Fiesta District, but it looks like everyone is keeping their eye on the ball. 

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