State Journal Register
May 4, 2010
MUCH AS WE’RE encouraged by the new development this project is all but sure to generate, we also are hopeful that it can fulfill hopes for revitalizing the existing commercial strip of MacArthur north of Wabash Avenue.
We’ve heard for years that this project, once complete, would breathe new life into a commercial corridor that has struggled in recent years in large part because of the westward movement to which Davlin referred. Certainly, there is potential for that.
“We know the south will get the big-box retail, but we feel we can foster good entrepreneurial businesses on the north,” said Cory Jobe, president of the MacArthur Boulevard Business Association.
THAT PATTERN would mirror the west-side development that followed the large retail stores there in the 1980s and 1990s. It’s a goal worth hoping for, and we hope the optimism of city officials and business groups proves founded. Coordinated planning and promotion by city and business interests will be essential if that is to happen.
Those efforts will determine whether the existing commercial corridor shares in the new prosperity or merely becomes a pass-through on the way to and from it.
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