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October 22, 2007

Power Plant Live's twin sister

When I was in Louisville, Ken., earlier this year, I stayed in a hotel a few blocks from one of the city's main entertainment/nightlife areas: 4th Street Live.

4th Street Live is the sister of Power Plant Live in the Inner Harbor. I believe they're both owned by the Cordish Company.

Both have the piano bar Howl at the Moon and the club Angels Rock Bar.

Both have the same neon signs and you-can-drink-in-the-open policy. 

But where Power Plant Live is shaped like a cul-de-sac (keeping patrons secluded from the nearby Block), 4th Street Live is an open street corridor.

I didn't spend much time at 4th Street Live when I was there. It was eerily familiar in a generic sense, and got me thinking.

In the future, will there be zones like this in every major city, where you can go to the same bars and clubs, like you would go to an Applebee's or McDonald's?

Would you want that?

(Photo by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:54 PM | | Comments (1)


No, I would hate that. I've been to most of the major cities and a lot of the non-major cities in the US and the fun part is finding great local spots that are unique to that town. It would be nice for cities to take it upon themselves to develop interesting open-air style downtown area's; but to just buy that blueprint from someone like the Cordish company and just reproduce it is lame.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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