How do we become a 'nice downtown'?
It says: "The down phase includes hollowing-out and pawn-shop-dominated decay. Then there is spotty and tentative improvement. Finally, if all goes well, full-scale health through a combination of stores, restaurants, theaters, downtown condos, and all the other elements of a region that attracts commercial and human activity through most hours of the day."
This sounds like what the Grove needs and the trajectory that it is on now. Luckily we are not at the point of pawn-shop dominated decay, but we are at the point of spotty and tentative improvement. But we are at a standstill.
We can have all of the things mentioned from new stores, restaurants and theaters, well, one theater in particular, the Coconut Grove Playhouse.
Last week, the County Commission made some sort of decision, but it could be years before anything is done with the playhouse.
As for the stores and restaurants, it would be nice to see more movement and activity. We're still waiting for Harry's Pizzeria and Panther Coffee to open, but what about all the empty spaces that just sit there rotting like the Playhouse. Will it take nine years to fill those with new businesses?
We need businesses to rent out what we have empty now. We need a destination business or two. The rumor is that CocoWalk has sold, or it has not sold yet, but it is being sold and that the center area where Starbucks and Tervis Tumbler are will be knocked down, opening the space up and on and on. I have heard about H&M coming to CocoWalk. That is a start. A great start. Someone asked me the other day what I thought about H&M as if it was up to them to decide on whether they come to the Grove or not, of course I said it was a perfect fit for CocoWalk. This person does have pull, so who knows.
The Atlantic article received a lot of buzz, they published a second part: "More on Nice Downtowns: Do they just happen? Or are they made?"
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