Yes, Dickens nailed it when describing the ambivalence folks have been feeling about the nabe recently, at least in semi-private conversations I've had, and perhaps you've had too. Okay, I'm being dramatic. But one couplet of pics neatly describes the ups and downs of neighborhood life.
The Parks department apparently came by to put up this lovely pit guard. Why just one on a street full of trees? Is it possible private citizens paid for its installation? More info please!
|Pic by Rudy on W
And then just down the street, a sign of City negligence and neighbors' indifference:
|Pic by Rudy on W
And yet, signs of life and forward-motion persist. One of the Fabulous Fanning Brothers tells me he saw private citizens cleaning up the trash around the Lincoln Road and Gino's Restaurant area, and for a few hours it looked positively Germanic along the Autobahn! (and who were those unmasked men, anyway?)
And not to be too cryptic, but a probably swell new upscaley food/beverage joint will move into the vacant space next to Gino's sit-down-and-order place. Things are moving forward on Lincoln Road, both with impending closures and impending openings. More soon, I promise, but I'm not at liberty to go into details. (okay, LPT's days are numbered. There I said it. But you're probably not surprised.)
The food and smoovies at B'Fruitee are delicious by the way. Owner-operator Sherma and her husband have run other businesses on the Flabenue, including part ownership in Rhythm Splash (they were bought out recently and opened B'F). If you haven't given her a shout, and your money, then scurry on over and you'll be supporting a truly local business (they live down on Hawthorne Flat/Bed). And how 'bout those beet muffins? Why not add to the chorus of thumbs-ups on the Yelp?
Yes, the best, the worst. But as usual, the Q says mostly best, because a day doesn't go by that I don't feel the love for the people I meet and interact with. Most. But the guys playing gangsta next door have GOT to go. See? Best. Worst...