Visiting downtown for the College World Series in TD Ameritrade Park? Planning to check out the Olympic Swim Trials that start June 25 at the CenturyLink Center?
The north edge of Omaha's downtown is ready and happy to welcome all its guests the next few weeks. But let's face it. Walking from parking to your venue or waiting in lines can be, well, boring.
In the past decade, the area between 10th and 14th Streets, Mike Fahey Street on the south and Izard Street to the north, has changed dramatically. Once railroad tracks, weeds and deserted buildings defined it. The face-lift has been amazing.
Several shops and businesses have opened; Film Streams offers movies; Hot Shops has some cutting-edge art and artists' studios. Restaurants, bars and new hotels sit beside older buildings that are being rehabilitated for future use.
And if you just look up or pay attention to what you're passing as you walk, you can spy some architectural or artistic gems.
We stayed within a few blocks of the stadium in all directions to find these. But if you feel like walking a few more blocks, you'll also find the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, Lewis & Clark Landing, Heartland of America Park, the First National Bank sculptures, Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market shopping and entertainment area.
So as you wander around the stadium and arena, keep your eyes open for some treats.
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