Bettendorf's riverfront: Cranes, Casinos, and Semi Trailers
As I was in Bettendorf yesterday, I was forced to slow down and look at the tower crane that has recently been erected on the site of the 2nd Isle of Capri hotel. I must say I was struck with some jealousy, as Davenport hasn't seen a tower crane over our downtown since the Midamerican Building was built. Maybe they'll use one for the new Rhythm City hotel. I was not THAT jealous though, because Bettendorf's riverfront is essentially dominated by the casino complex. It makes Davenport's planned "casino intrusion" seem like a nature park. The bike path that goes all the way from Credit Island to the Davenport border (finally) and into Bettendorf comes to a screeching halt when it gets to the access bridges to the boat on the casino property. At certain times of the month, such as now, riverfront visitors are treated to a temporary semi truck and tractor auction turning the riverfront into Iowa80 Junior. Leach Park is pretty much the one exception to the casino-oriented riverfront. Even though IOC owns the property in Bettendorf, you'd think there'd still be SOME outrage at their expansion. Apparently the anti-Rhythm City hotel folks think Davenport's riverfront is more valuable.
Maybe because with their floodwall you can't see the river anyway.