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Bruce Szeles July 21, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Nanette - For the record. There are some of us with higher disposable income who have been shopping Read Moreat the Galleria for years. I purchased many items for my first home that was around the corner from the Galleria. Has there been some struggles over the years with crime, upkeep, level of quality of stores leaving and not so good quality stores moving in? Sure. The loss of Nordstrom is BIG. I agree. It will be up to the mall marketing director to get her head in the game and find another quality anchor. It would help if the city also had some leadership from the NORTH area of the city to help attract that quality anchor as well. All malls go through their ebbs and tides. I'm not giving up on the Galleria just yet. Thank you.
Nanette Pastor-Hanna July 21, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Bruce - I'm in the same boat that you're in, having lived a few short blocks from the Galleria forRead Moreo ver 25 years. Given the decline of the shops, I seldom shop there anymore. Regarding city staff, when we've had strong leadership in the north, their focus was on citywide matters, not local matters. There is a reason that , like Los Angeles, we have district representation so that each community has a voice. It's not working. Artesia hasn't revitalized either; it's a a mishmash of shops and restaurants, with no cohesion. They've redone streets and sidewalks twice in 20 years and it still looks somewhat blighted. I don't want a giant strip mall; I do want the city to support a wide range of businesses. They've turned down some thrift shops (Out of the Closet) in the midst of the Salvation Army and Goodwill. Yep - we can have religion-based shops (SA), but not a shop that supports a deadly disease. It's a tough economy, but RB needs to do better to attract and retain a retail tax base!
Bruce Szeles July 21, 2014 at 06:35 PM
Nanette - I agree that the city needs to focus it's attention on what is happening or not happening Read Morein the North. I also agree that the city and it's political insiders have only used smoke and mirrors (police substation, street renaming) to solve some of the struggles on Artesia Blvd. Artesia Blvd. needs some great mixes of anchors and other local name fair to compliment some of the great places (Neighborhood Grinds) on the street. Out of the Closet is a worthy cause but the saturation of thrift stores and massage places is just not bringing in traffic that will spend across the board in the area. Also, unfortunately on the last street face lift Artesia had, city staff (Lou Garcia) did not listen to many good suggestions that could of helped bring in more money and foot traffic to the area.
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