Big cities deal with problems much like the Hitcents Plaza fiasco all the time.
Not to call any city in Kentucky a big city to start with, but much has been reported out of Lexington about the Centrepoint project that has stalled and left a crater-sized hole in the ground near Main Street for nearly eight years. It was supposed to be a big TIF development, but it’s still a hole. Louisville, with all of its progress revitalizing downtown, is still block after block of empty old warehouses and projects that, once founded, eventually floundered. For the past 15 to 20 years, Bowling Green has wanted to attain to third largest status, surpassing Owensboro, Paducah, Hopkinsville and a few others as a stand out Kentucky city.
But with that growth will come the pains of projects that looked good on paper, but not in actuality. In an era when cities are tearing down old parking structures, we built one. Then, tucked around back of it akin to putting things away in a closet, doomed one of the town’s most distinctive restaurants. It happens. It’ll happen again. But the flip side is a place on par with the similar pains faced by the other large cities in Kentucky.