South Marion Looks Like A War Zone

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By John Hubbuch

If the South Marion restreeting project was a battle, then the merchants are definitely losing. Walking around the area is  pretty eye-opening:chest high barricades, streets down to the dirt and lots of noise. I'm sure many people will just stop coming within a half mile of the whole area. Marion Street's loss will no doubt be the Avenue District, Harrison Street and Oak Park /Eisenhower's gain.                

I feel bad for the poor merchants. Their revenues and profits plummet , and they will lose some customers forever, but their rent will stay the same. And when the project is finally done, the enhanced attractiveness of the streetscape will permit the landlords to raise rents. The current tenants with the increased rent and losses occasioned by the construction won't be able to afford the new higher rent, and may  have to move. 

Thank you,sir. I'll have another.

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Editor from Oak Park  

Posted: June 25th, 2011 7:16 PM

I disagree, but only talking for myself. I do think this wasn't the time to be spending money to make a better looking place for people to spend money, since money is not as available these day's, but I will be back once it's done, but I do avoid traveling through that area.

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