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Where's the potential in Downtown Fresno?
Over at That Fresno Blog, there is a nice summary of a recently conducted downtown market analysis report. It has a pretty nice rundown of current housing developments and those in various planning stages (in a nice graphical form), along with some insight on the issues facing developers (mainly, a lack of funding now that the redevelopment monies are drying/have dried up).
The last graph is of particular note, especially that second bullet point: Businesses that cater to young professionals. I've always thought that a downtown gym (a nice one) would be a sure-fire money-maker. If Centerpoint can exist by serving the Tower District (essentially), it seems like downtown could totally support a gym of its own. Have it open early (and late) for all the workers who communte in each morning and out each evening.
It seems like such a natural progression (especially give the lack of competition) I can't believe George Brown hasn't figured it out yet.