A big new Regional Court House is currently under construction in downtown Oshawa. It's located around the corner and down the street from the GM Centre arena that opened last year as a sport and entertainment venue.
Not far away is a big, fancy YMCA Centre that was built maybe ten years ago.
Between the Y and the Arena there's a state-of-the-art-at-the-time parking garage that was built maybe 15 years ago.
Across the street from the parking garage is the city's major clinic which is even older than that.
All around are empty shops.
The parking lot is mostly empty, the YMCA is in disrepair and the GM Centre has ZERO events booked for June, July and August. Alice Cooper is coming in October though.
Now, of course every city is different, and Oshawa is experiencing some major employment issues right now, but do projects like this ever have the desired effect of revitalizing the dying downtowns of old industrial towns?
What else has to be done in conjunction with building venues and employment projects?