Canalside, A Dime a Dozen

26 Sep

Business travels just took me from Vegas to Northwest Florida. Specifically, the town of Destin in the Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin MSA, population 188K.

I used to live in this part of Florida, and hadn’t been back in seven years. In those seven years, a shorter length of time than we’ve been arguing here in Buffalo about what to do at the Erie Canal Harbor, Destin has managed to build three complexes the size of Canalside, including:

Destin Commons

Destin Commons, and

Harborwalk Village

Harborwalk Village. Its time we admit that building Canalside will not make us a distinctive destination. It will only bring us up to date with the rest of the country, including podunk towns of less than 200,000 people in the redneck part of Florida. Can we just build it already? Just sayin.

One Response to “Canalside, A Dime a Dozen”

  1. bflofirst September 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    Let’s say a prayer that we don;t get anything as tacky as these awful things. we have the galleria mall for this cheesy crappy development.

    Of course cheesy crappy generic stuff is what benderson does best so we are probably in big trouble.

    Can’t Buffalo, just for once in the modern era, demand something better.

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