Episode 13

Let Us Entertain You

With entertainment venues, sports palaces and gambling casinos touted as tonics for drowsy downtowns, we explore attempts to inject excitement and energy into city centers from coast to coast.

No Business Like Show Business

We evaluate efforts in three cities where entertainment zones often attract throngs of people to the streets after dark. Is this the city as theme park or are urban centers just returning to their traditional role as gathering places in both public and private spaces?

  • Bricktown: Oklahoma City
  • Everything’s Up to Date: Kansas City
  • LA LIVE: Los Angeles

Runs, Hits and Errors

With sports venues playing an ever greater role in city centers, we get game and drop in on three cities who have bet big on new stadiums. We ask if cities strike out when taking the pitch for these playing fields or are those swinging for the fences hitting the long ball and scoring big for their city’s future?

  • Fields of Dreams: Indianapolis

  • On Target: Minneapolis

  • A Capital Idea: Sacramento

Gamed

As cities look to hit the jackpot with casinos as economic drivers, we spin the wheel in three cities in search of winners and losers.

  • Hat Trick: Detroit

  • Rolling on the River: New Orleans

  • A Helping Hand: Springfield

  • Bricktown: Oklahoma City
  • Everything’s Up to Date: Kansas City
  • LA LIVE: Los Angeles
  • Fields of Dreams: Indianapolis
  • On Target: Minneapolis
  • A Capital Idea: Sacramento
  • Hat Trick: Detroit
  • Rolling on the River: New Orleans
  • A Helping Hand: Springfield