This sounds a lot like the canal idea that I have put forth for some time. My thoughts were to try to interest a casino company with deep pockets to put a canal where Woerner Avenue now is, and park a riverboat casino there. Ohio river water would be used to fill the canal...not treated sewer water. It wouldn't really be a canal, but a 'marina' of sorts for the casino boat. Then turn the former Colgate property into the landside facility for the casino...and perhaps more. Let your imagination be your guide.
The casino boats near Cincinnati are struggling since Ohio introduced gambling. So why not move one of those boats to a location with approx. one million people in the metropolitan (Greater Louisville) area, and just off a major Interstate highway at that?
Is this an idea that makes sense?
When you put it that way, yes, it does make sense. Far better a marina of sorts for a gambling boat than a canal that "may" bring business, housing, tourists, etc. How about a hotel in the old prison (Colgate) to house the gamblers? Turn the area into something reminiscent of Jeff's "Little Chicago" days being discussed on the Jeff forum. Something along those lines could be a lot of fun to plan/build and should be a real draw to the area.
Durn it, TomD, now I'm going to be thinking of this idea, picturing it and planning the area around it!
Edited by DonnaK, 11 April 2015 - 12:45 PM.