I remember when the Red River District first opened.
I’d just returned here to start my first job since graduating from college in New Orleans and there was all this hype surrounding this new venture that was about to open.
It was supposed to be like Beale Street in Memphis or maybe even a nicer, cleaner Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
Of course, five years, several owners and countless closed businesses later, it’s not even like Texas Street on a busy day.
So I read the story this morning about how the latest owner, Eldorado Casino, plans to make it comparable to the Louisiana Boardwalk across the river. More family friendly.
And I wonder is that the solution? I mean, I do think some of the readers' comments on the story have a point about the need for more police protection and all, but will teenagers and their parents on a Friday night resurrect the District?
I guess my only thing is as a 27-year-old single professional, I can’t figure out exactly what would draw me down there. Then again, beyond an outlying club or two, I don’t know what would draw me down there as it is right now, either. So I guess maybe time will tell.
What do y’all think? Could the new owners be on to something?