views from in front of Crown Candy Kitchen
new street signs, lights, bike racks, parking meters and planters/benches
landscaped path to parking lots
PARKING IN THE REAR!!! So the storefronts can shine!
The regional/tourist draw of Crown Candy Kitchen should not be underestimated. People from all over the suburbs and metropolitan region come here, especially at lunchtime and weekends. Tourists flock here as well. Hopefully more tenants in Crown Square will bring more tourist/visitor dollars to the neighborhood.
On the day of my visit, people were walking around peeking in windows and admiring the workmanship and feel of the area. It's great to see.
Now keep in mind this is St. Louis...the naysayers are already out in full force....they say, I'll call this a success when and only when there are businesses occupying all the storefronts. I see what they are saying and there is still many a negative element in the surrounding areas. They will try to make their mark (some genius started a fire in one of the brand new trash receptacles):
I commend all those involved! You make this city guy proud!!!!
Want to read more? Here's some great content:
St. Louis business journal
St. Louis beacon
Urban Review STL