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The party corridor

I’d meant to get to this NYT article about the Washington Avenue corridor last week, but never quite got there. I suppose the main thing I’d add is that while the new stuff has replaced unmemorable things, a whole lot of history has vanished as well, including a variety of live music outlets like Rockefellers and the Fabulous Satellite Lounge, plus the venerable Pig Stand, whose old location across the street from Beaver’s is now being converted into something modern and high-end. On balance, today’s Washington Avenue is an improved place for the city and its residents, and will some day make an excellent light rail corridor; it’s already dense enough and features enough attractions to be worthwhile. But anyone who remembers these places will wonder about what might have been if they had survived.

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