The Sanford Center (as discussed here and here) is a $75 million convention center in Bemidji, Minnesota. As it turns out, it’s about the same size as downtown (minus a few blocks). And, this doesn’t include the “green space” next to the site. The parking lot is 10 blocks large (as displayed here). Financing of the project aside, we need to scale down the size of our developments – especially those in small towns.
What is more productive? Downtown or the new convention center? One produces revenue while the other must be subsidized? What type of development should we be encouraging?