Monday, March 09, 2009

Monday Morning Omaha Open Thread

I spent the weekend in Omaha for a wedding, which was actually my first time going to Omaha rather than through it. I was impressed by some things, and unimpressed by some others.

I liked all the corporate headquarters downtown, such as Union Pacific. Visiting other cities always makes me wish that more of our corporate headquarters were located in our downtowns. Deere, Von Maur, maybe even QCR Holdings? Deere has too nice of a complex to move, and the same could arguably be said about Von Maur. I still think it would be neat to see a Quad City Bank & Trust high rise in downtown Davenport though. It would be kind of a jab back at national chains that many of the QCBT pioneers came from. That's surely wishful thinking though, especially in this economy.

The least impressive part of Omaha was Crossroads Mall, which we stopped at basically by accident. It made Southpark look like a bustling success story. I'm not the #1 fan of malls, but its better to have a thriving one like Northpark rather than a dying one like I saw at Crossroads.

I might put together a few more thoughts on Omaha later, but for now call this an open thread.


At 3/09/2009 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pioneer sounds a little creapey in the Times.

At 3/09/2009 11:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Mark Nelson going to make his opinion known on the West End Sewer Tunnel? I read in the paper, that it's open to public comment for the next 30 days..
Sure would be interesting to read his glowing Davenport view...

At 3/11/2009 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former DB&T employee I would love to see QCB as a high rise downtown! :)

At 3/11/2009 4:58 PM, Blogger Davenport Growing Paines said...

I think we should truly seek a nice skyline in downtown. V.O. Figge for years would not loan money to anyone that would build a building higher than his, hence the lack of the skyline. I wish someone, like QCB or their assets, would consider making Davenport Downtown an eye appealing development. QCB has been very successful and could be an asset to the community and to downtown development.


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