The City Center can be accused of showing up a little late to the party. By the time the last bolt is turned, it’s supposed to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $11 billion to construct. Yes. That’s billion. With a ‘b’.
Whoever lined up the dollars for it was not a populist. This is a facility that’s built for two kinds of folks. Those that are rich, and those that want folks to think they’re rich. Crystals, the retail heart of the city center is filled with couture stores. What does that mean? It means they have a restaurant shaped like a phallus, but don’t look for an Orange Julius.
While it is off to a somewhat shaky start with the state of the economy, if it can hang in there it should be primed to be the place to be once everything stabilizes and folks start spending money again.