Originally Posted by westbev93
As for a book store, I love them, but they are a dying breed. The big chain book stores aren't opening new locations, and I don't know if an independent book store could afford the rent downtown.
Barnes and Noble, Borders and the like are certainly dying breeds. Why go to them when you can buy online or download to an E-reader and all. But I think independent book stores fill an important niche and even with the decline of the printed word, a good Downtown needs a solid bookstore, they're a community space as much as a retail space.
in Portland, Oregon is crazy awesome and something any City should be jealous of.
Changing Hands would be wise to open a Downtown location and make it their flagship. I never really understood their current location, their cliental seems like it would be predominately in Central PHX or Downtown Tempe. While I doubt they (or any independent) could afford rent in CityScape or directly in the CBD they could be a tremendous addition to Roosevelt Row.
They'd need to find a space they could rehab to be cost effective I imagine, but since we knocked everything over we're stuck waiting for big projects to bail us out. The old "Canvas" building on 3rd St and Roosevelt or the 333 E Portland building would likely be good bookstore spots (or even the old Circles building).