Less than smart comments
I don't comment myself, so this is a way for me to respond to some of the more negative comments. Some comments are just less than smart and meant to incite.
Here are some of the less than smart comments of the week. By the way, I don't like to call people or things stupid, but these are and of course they are by anonymous people. I've learned over the years that people just say anything without any facts to back them up:
A comment left on the Welcome to the New Grove story:
"Really? This is what passes for journalism these days? Nothing is being reported here! Tell the story about why these buildings are empty. It's because the owners are in collusion with the City of Miami to change the character of Coconut Grove and build taller buildings in these locations. It's so obvious, but everyone is afraid to talk about it. Buh-bye groovy Grove."
If this person actually was a regular reader, they would know I have touched on the issue of them building up. I don't think it's an issue at the moment at Johnny Rockets, because their goal is to put a big restaurant in the whole corner from the former Goose space to the pizza place, so I doubt they can build up with a business operating downstairs. I would assume the whole area would have to be cleared out and knocked down. There are plans for a hotel to go in behind the Engle building. I have contacted Arquitectonica but they have not responded to my questions about the plans, so that does raise a red flag.
On the Panther Coffee story:
"Sad to say but it's Bad timing for them! They are going to start the storm drainage project soon so I hope people can get access to it."
"Bad choice!!!! wonder if they know how bad are grove is doing?and its about to get alot worse"
I think that Panther is big enough of a draw that they are a destination and no one is going to keep people from getting their coffee, especially when it's Panther Coffee, they have almost a cult following. These comments are rude and not a nice way to welcome them to the neighborhood. So many times over the years, I would post a story of a new business and comments would come in saying, "I give them 3 months," "I give them 6 months," etc. How rude and negative can people be? I don't post those comments. BTW, no one said that about Panther.
Twice when I wrote about Panther Coffee, the blog and Facebook numbers have been off the chart. People are so excited, so these two negative comments mean nothing to Panther or to everyone else. Thousands of people have literally committed to go to Panther already. If only a fraction of the people who "liked," shared and said they would go, actually go, Panther will be quite busy for years to come.
Yesterday, there were lines up to 25 people deep for most of the day. Opening day. Let's see if that trend continues.
This one on the lack of parking story:
"Say what? 1st the word is no one comes to the Grove. Then the word is there are no parking spaces, but the garages are full. If this were true that would translate into people driving into the Grove - - - - just to park. Not to eat, shop or enjoy all that the Grove has to offer. Or it could mean that the Grove provides one hell of a lot of jobs and the employees are using up all the spaces. Or it could mean that a lot of people come to the Grove, disappear and their cars are stolen and shipped to Cuba. Or it could all mean absolutely nothing!?"
It's almost accurate, the Grove does have a hell of a lot of jobs, one ad agency alone has 600 employees, I am sure they don't all drive to work, but in a garage that holds 400 or so cars, that's where all the spaces are going. The Mayfair, Oak Street Garage and others are crammed, with usually no spots, and almost daily, there is a sign and a guy out front telling people the lot is full. This is during working hours on weekdays. The BID and others have had meetings regarding the parking situation, so we all didn't just make it up. As for people visiting the Grove, I assume the bulk of people come on weekends and evenings and we didn't say there was a parking problem in the evening or weekends.
Keep the comments coming. They make for a good laugh sometimes.
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