Having worked downtown now for the last 4 and 1/2 years, I have become familiar with the area surrounding my office at the corner of 6th Ave and C St. Parking at our building is limited so myself and several of my co-workers park at a lot on the corner of 9th Ave and Broadway and make the 5 minute walk into and from work everyday. On this walk, I have passed by the run down block of vacated businesses on the 800 block of Broadway. For the longest time I could not figure out why these businesses had all closed up and moved down the street, or just closed up for good. The Downtown homeless would gather here in the evenings and sleep under the awning to keep dry. The stink of urination and defecation often made for an unpleasant walk up this block. When at all possible, I would walk up C St and down 9th Ave to avoid that block however C St was also host to several run down businesses. You have the now defunct Jade Restaurant on the corner of 7th and C, and in the same building an empty space where a design school used to be. Crossing 8th and C you will see another restaurant called Al Bustan that has been renamed 4 times in the last 4 years. I have not seen it open in the past few weeks and it looks like it is in trouble. Next to that are several small take out restaurants that seem out of place. On the corner of 9th and C is the ancient looking Churchill Hotel with its peeling paint and iron bars on the windows. In the past couple of months however, I have noticed some changes. A construction company fenced off the half block area on the 800 block of Broadway and finally tore down the old vacant building leaving nothing but a dirt lot. I imagine we'll see some new shiny highrise or office building there in the near future. On the corner of 9th and C, the Churchill Hotel appears to be shutting down also. I walked past the other day and saw mounds of old furniture piled up in the lobby and chains on the door. Good riddance. That place is a major eyesore. It looks like this part of Downtown is finally shaping up to look like a hospitable place again.


Gian Ghio Feb. 26, 2009 @ 11:48 p.m.

Ya, so I was wrong about the new shiny highrise on Broadway between 8th and 9th. A couple of days ago a work crew was out there breaking up the cement and try to level out the dirt that was left from the demolition a month ago. Then 2 days ago an asphalt team was out there paving the whole half block. Yesterday, I walked by and there were parking spaces painted on the asphalt. What a waste of space. They didn't even bother to level out the ground first. You can still see where the front doors of the old buildings used to be and the there are some spaces where you have to park at a strange angle. It looks like a budget job to me. All this did was expand the other parking lot that was already adjacent to the building. We don't need more parking lots downtown. There is plenty of parking already.


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