There’s been enough commentary on the Canal Side / Bass Pro controversy to indicate that someone will be completely dissatisfied with whatever finally gets built.
So build the damn thing. Except for the plot of land containing Bass Pro.
Nothing changes Canal Side if you start building today, except for the start of a Bass Pro store. The street layout is essentially the same, the (historically irrelevant) park still gets built and *most* of the land remains available for development by whatever market forces (free or otherwise) rise up to build there. And when the civil suits over that plot of land are finally done, Bass Pro will or won’t be able to build on their cherished piece of property. Either way, at least the rest of the Canal Side can get started.
So do it.
I’m dismayed that Canal Side has become an all-or-none issue.