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May 02, 2005

Tale of Two Cities

So the Isle of Capri wants to build a new hotel on the Davenport riverfront and the town is up in arms. IOC wants to do the same in Bettendorf and the town is cheering and throwing millions into the project.
The difference? Well, Davenport has a nice riverfront to protect, and maybe to improve on.
Bettendorf? Not much nice about the riverfront there, once you're upstream of the I-74 bridges. Just ugly and getting uglier.

Posted by jcb at May 2, 2005 05:28 PM


Which just serves to underscore two points: Casinos near interstates get more business than those in the middle of a downtown, and gamblers don't give a hoot about the scenery!

Posted by: Anonymous at May 3, 2005 10:48 AM

I don't know how that underscores the point that casinos near interstates get more business. It just proves that Bettendorf knows they have a good thing going, and Davenport can't figure it out.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 3, 2005 01:56 PM

Part of the impetus for the whole downtown Davenport hotel and etc is that the Isle claims the Davenport boat's revenue is lagging, therefore, they need to do something!

Isn't it just possible that it's lagging behind Bettendorf because of its location? Why drive past the Bettendorf boat to go downtown, in other words?

Posted by: Anonymous at May 3, 2005 04:21 PM

Or if your coming from Rock Island or Davenport, why drive past downtown to Bettendorf. The Isle claims it is lagging in revenue because it can not attract a traveling demographic, it attracts the local market, but can not compete within the non local arena. Having a hotel within feet of a casino is a huge draw. Think in terms of Las Vegas, if a Casino placed its hotel blocks from the gambling, it would be at a severe disadvantage. As is the Rhythm City casino. Above the proximity issue is the issue of the Blackhawk itself. Though it is a nice hotel, it by no means has the ability to attract the high value, discerning gambler. They know what is available, therefore will not stay in Davenport. Davenport stands to gain from the increase in quality of gamblers, which in turn translates into more more money to the city.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 4, 2005 01:28 PM