Give people a reason to make the arcade a must be place to go!
In the early 1980's my father owned and operated the Michael's World Of Coca-Cola museum at the newly renovated arcade to the happiness of many and the dismay of a few others. I have many wonderful memories of the arcade and still marvel at its glass rotunda. Yes, it must be preserved but how? I offer a very aggressive suggestion but one that would not fail if taken seriously buy all parties involved. Not everyone who reads this will jump for joy. That is why God made us see in color. Everyone has a different favorite but all are good for us to see.
I suggest a resort casino. Provided issue 3 passes. I would lobby the state hard to seek approval in Dayton if it passes.
By converting the small apartments into newly modeled hotel rooms. The rotunda into an area with blackjack stations, craps and so on. Surround that with slots to the out side of the card areas and down the aisles that lead to the exits with more slots. The current shopping areas would stay and fine jewelry stores, coffee shops, restaurants, a resort spa can use that current space on the two levels.
I have way to many ideas that would go all day but everyone must first have a BIG vision. You preserve all the splendor of this building in side. Just fill it with a lot of people who want to relax, gamble and get away. The arcade would be a top destination for many, many years to come and from both in and out of state patrons if this could be done. People would love to sit under the dome all day and night. It could be like no other new building which would give this casino the biggest advantage over anything in any surrounding city or state. If you build this, they WILL COME.
By the way I don't gamble at casinos much myself. But I admit I enjoy going to them with friends and always spend too much money on the other non gambling offerings most casinos have.
Best Regards. Jim Michael
Oct 20 2009, 6:30 PM EDT by
W. Third Street entrance to the Dayton Arcade ©Nancy Roach The Arcade is located in downtown Dayton and has entrances on W 3rd, Ludlow, and W 4th. For a birdseye photo of the Arcade visit YahooMaps .
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