Over the last couple of months, there’s been plenty of vibrant discussion on this site about development, re-development, revitalization of certain areas in the CD: 23rd and Union, 23rd and Cherry, along Jackson and parts of Yesler. We focus again on Cherry, a main thoroughfare in the neighborhood. The nagging question: What’s going on (or maybe What’s NOT going on?) between the Community Center and just east of MLK.
For a busy street that cuts through the heart of such a wide residential area, you’d think there’d be more stores and businesses of all types to cater to everyone ready to buy and eat and drink. But a quick count shows at least half a dozen places are shuttered. The old dry cleaners: Closed. The southern food restaurant: Shut down. A small unknown red building across the street: Long ago locked up. What gives? And more importantly, what will it take to possibly turn things around what COULD BE a terrific street in the CD. We’ve already talked about the potential for lots of new stores to move into the loft/work spaces and the old chocolate building at 23rd and Cherry.. but what does it take to reclaim and rejuvenate such a prized road?