snoqueen wrote:Ninja seems to think we face wholesale failure. If I don't understand this right, just use a few declarative sentences and say what you think we face. I am not trying to misstate your beliefs but rather compare what I think with what you think.
I think a few new businesses may appear on Packers targeting those commuters, a few new businesses may appear on Sherman targeting local or bike customers, and overall these changes will be gradual and not cataclysmic. Whole mini-malls will not fold (well, some have been marginal for years), but individual businesses may shuffle around.
No, you nailed it when it comes to my thoughts on the matter. No further declaratives necessary.
But I continue to question the nonchalance about the economic consequences. You seem willing to concede now that businesses will have to "shuffle," but you have to know that that's no small thing. Packers can't replace Sherman. Businesses may fill the small number of vacant or under-utilized storefronts available, but the rest is occupied houses and airport/East High property.
And there's a reason that the small number of fronts on Packers are vacant in spite of the large amount of traffic on that street. It's because Packers will never be a commercial corridor unless it's totally reconfigured. It's a 6 lane, 35 mph bypass with no left turn access (for good reason) except in rare increments.
Sherman is it. If that street goes, then the Northside is going start looking pretty grim.