Re: last time i checked . . .

the bakery is moving into a storefront that used to house a subway sandwich shop, which had closed. likewise, the randall building housing CAMP([search]), radio cherokee([search]), fort gondo, etc. etc. were delapidated and half-abandoned before they were rehabbed. none of these are displacing anything.

it is naive and also a bit counter-productive to assume that ANY new business moving into an under-resourced and blighted neighborhood constitutes gentrification([search]). blocks upon blocks of antique shops that don't cater to the surrounding neighborhood is certainly one example of gentrification, which many folks would hate to see perpetuate itself on cherokee steet.

however, the basic problem is that are not enough businesses on cherokee st. right now, so some new ones need to move in. the key question is whether these new businesses would best serve the existing neighborhood (the bakery sells cheap artisan bread), or whether they would cater exclusively to yuppies looking to go on urban safari.

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