Will city culture play second fiddle to suburbs?
Headline and article from the Indy Star Opinion section:
What the cities haven't conceded is the market on cultural and sports facilities: football stadiums, symphony orchestras, art museums and zoos. Even as residents moved away from central cities, they would return for professional sporting events, to visit cultural institutions or to enjoy nightlife distinctive to downtowns.
Now, suburbs have jumped big-time into the cultural amenities market. In Carmel, an $80 million, 1,600-seat concert hall under development is being hailed as "the crown jewel" in a complex of retail, dining and entertainment facilities.
On the other hand, demand for cultural arts is not infinite. Just as the Indianapolis area couldn't possibly sustain two professional football teams, it might not be possible to maintain two symphony-tailored concert halls. Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, home to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, seats 1,786.
"Enlightened mayors of suburbs want their cities to be real communities, and not inevitably part of the troubled status of exurbs: the early suburbs that now are often bleak," says former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith.
Other example given was the attendence difference between two venues for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.