The land behind this on the corner of 7th & Juniper will be shops surrounding a 3 story parking structure that is part of SkyHouse South. My understanding is that when it's all finished, there will be shops/office space surrounding the entire block.
I'd guess that land availability/cost is the primary reason for the mid-2000's buildings all siting on top of their parking structures where-as now, land is cheaper so the parking can sit alongside the buildings.
Free wi-fi in public spaces is one of many things a city can do to provide access for those who can't afford to have an unlimited data plan on their device. Or for some, a data plan at all. And there are thousands of people on nice days who spend the entire day at the park reading etc... It's not about not being able to have wi-fi while you go for a walk.
To say the weapon had nothing to do with this is pure ignorance. How many people would he have killed had be been forced to use a front-loading musket ? Would he even have tried ?
Yes, mental illness needs to be addressed but to think these type of weapons are not at least partially to blame for these mass murders is ignoring reality.
"2) It feels awkward to slap a girl in the face when you're not angry. "
- I would hope it should feel odd to slap a girl in the face whether you're angry or not.
I was at the movie when the trouble occurred last year and it had absolutely NOTHING to do with the movie being shown. The fights that broke out weren't even within viewing distance of the screen.
I would also place part of the blame on Chick-fil-a as anyone who was there could tell you that they were tossing free chicken sandwiches into the crowd and there were several roving groups of teenagers that were running and jumping over people sitting on blankets to get the free food.
Sporadic tourist ? I don't think people realize how huge the convention business is downtown. And just because it's going to run from the King Center to Centennial park doesn't mean that's the purpose of the route. There will be several stops along the way and will allow people throughout downtown to head East to the King Center or West to Centennial Park.
There are also plans for other, larger routes. But you need to start somewhere and the thousands of people that attend downtown conventions each year are certainly most likely to use it.
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