Originally Posted by urbanizer405
there are many areas that are simply.......ghetto. I never realized there were so many crackheads in downtown, especially near the Rite Aid along the transit mall. Maybe if some new high-rise, modern, mixed-use towers were constructed, it might give some more, positive life into the central Downtown area.
I would agree the Rite Aid area attracts its share of street kids, although "ghetto" is a pretty strong word for that area.
I would love to see more mixed-use towers in the central core, too, but there's a lot of positive development wrapping up soon that will revitalize this area:
Renovated transit mall - new light rail line, new artwork, brick pavers, new transit shelters, better lighting, etc.; luxury hotel opening across the street from Rite Aid; Marriot Courtyard opening 3 blocks away on 6th; three major storefront facelifts on 5th/6th within 2 blocks, including possible renovation of the Rite Aid; new hotel starting construction soon at Alder & Park. This is activity just within 3 blocks of Rite Aid, so new towers or not, I think this area will be just fine.