And let’s be quite honest, the intention of this project and the redevelopment of downtown is to remove the stores that bring lower incomes to downtown. Discount sneakers, $1 stores, urban clothes, cheap jewelers, cell phone repair, and barber shops are not (the) answer, they are the past and on 10/31 they will be gone! Now it is time that we take back our downtown and make it in what we want it to look like.....Gentrification is not a bad word Future Downtown Arena Attendee
Today was D day, or should I say G day, for the merchants displaced by the arena. Future Attendee, who has become the De Facto voice of the Administration on this blog, looks forward to the transformation. According to Future, he's in attendance at all Council Meetings, and may well be connected with the regime. I have been told, but have not confirmed, that this blog, along with O'Hare's Ramblings, have been blocked from city computers. I do not have an issue with the Administration's desire for a more upscale downtown, the problem was the method. Such change, if successful, would have been organic, with a level playing field. If gradual market forces would have made the merchant's property more valuable as real estate, than businesses, they would have been eager sellers. Such a transition would not have compromised the merchants rights, and not made the taxpayers potentially liable for the project's failure. This blog is proud to have been a voice for the merchants, and wishes them the best success in their new locations.