I can't say this is an increase of business, but while dropping my son off at daycare this morning, I realized that South Street from Broad to 19th has really changed a lot since we moved here and still is.
Currently under construction is the Walgreens at 18th and South, not exactly exciting, but I think it's still a big positive for the area. Conveniences like drug stores do provide important services in the city and do create foot traffic.
On the 1600 block of South the three lots next to the Chinese restaurant are under development hot and heavy. Not sure that they have commercial tenets yet, but my understanding is that these are going to be at least somewhat linked units, which could open up the possibility of a larger scale store.
The other set of three lots on this block is out of court and sent back to the ZBA, so there could be some movement there in the fall/winter.
The wine bar on the 1500 block sounds like it could be a great addition.
Pumpkin Market will soon be a full service coffee shop with in house bean roasting!
Lots of recent arrivals, Café Laube, Novita Bistro, the commercial kitchen, (which I think is planning to expand into the building next to them) the new BMX store, I think there’s a new computer service of some sort, and a new therapist’s office, who I hear is really good!
Keep in mind, All of these businesses have opened up during a recession! I think this all bodes really well for the area.
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