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@Shalom: What exactly is so wonderful about having that large collection of random, low-use retail anyway?

I live in CP and walk along that strip everyday, and the vacuum repair shop is almost always empty, the lamp shop is almost always empty, the frame shop is almost always empty, the metal gates are down on the jewelers, etc. I don't really understand why people are in love with these places that probably barely survive even with their unnaturally-low rent. And while a bookstore and hardware store would be awesome, as the article says that would have happened already if it was going to.

I eat out a lot. I can tell you as much as I love Vace, Fresh Med, Siam House, and (thank god) Chipotle, it would be nice to have a sandwich shop. Or a burger place. Or whatever. No one is going to metro to CP to eat at a deli, but I will walk to eat there. The overlay does nothing more than prevent me and other residents from spending our money the way we would like to, for seemingly no reason other than maintaining some quirky visual "appeal" (an appeal that I'm guessing requires you to be of a different generation than I am to understand).

by JW on Nov 13, 2012 9:02 pm • linkreport

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