City Requiem For A Block
posted by June 20 at 12:10 PMon
Capitol Hill resident Vaun Raymond has put together a web site to preserve the memory of the seven businesses on Pine Street between Summit and Belmont, all of which will be bulldozed to make way for condos later this year.* The site, called “Requiem for a Block,” includes interviews with the owners and managers of Winners Circle, the Cha Cha, Bimbo’s Bitchin’ Burrito Kitchen, Harry’s convenience store, Man Ray, and Kincora. Check it out.
* For those inclined to comment that “The Stranger loves density, except when it hurts hipster bars like the Cha Cha,” please read my standard response below the jump BEFORE commenting.
The Stranger likes density when it replaces low-density residential development or underutilized commercial space that detracts from the quality of an area, such as big-box stores and parking lots. It does not like density when it replaces the very businesses that make a neighborhood appealing in the first place. Density must be supplemented by local retail and commercial amenities to serve residents old and new. Too many condo developments feature ground-floor retail that adds nothing to a neighborhood. And I don't hang out at the Cha Cha.