"According to Kansas City’s Department of Regulated Industries, the number of liquor licenses and restaurant and bar workers has remained flat citywide since before the entertainment district opened. That means that while there may be more of those things in a few blocks downtown, they really just migrated from elsewhere in the city. Government intervention didn’t create anything new."
One of the things my daughters and I love about road trips is visiting the many laboratories of entertainment around the country. Some of the differences are due to geography-the beaches of San Diego and the mountain resorts of Vail. Many others are simply regional cultural differences-the barbecue of Kansas City, Memphis, and Charlotte.