Monday, May 18, 2009

Motor Row & Printers Row Prevail

Thanks for everyone who participated in the poll! Not surprisingly Motor Row and Printer's Row emerged as the two areas that people thought would be the bar/restaurant/entertainment areas over the next 10 years.

In our opinion, Printers Row is well positioned because of it closer to various CTA stops and the growing "Loop U" area where Columbia and Roosevelt Colleges continue to flourish.

Motor Row also seems well positioned mainly because of the city's investment in the area. The street scape on Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt down to 16th looks great (assuming all the retail fills in eventually). This area also has a ton of residential which in theory should support a thriving retail corridor.

Roosevelt will probably be more of a mass retail area which is evident by the big box retailers that are already on the street (Best Buy, Home Depot, Target, Whole Foods, etc). The other option in the poll was the Cermack Corridor. This is the dark horse and probably will take the longest to develop. Again this area seems to be sitting pretty as it is just a matter of time until the city focuses resources to this area. It's obvious that McCormick Place and Chinatown are city priorities and if the city wins the competition to host the 2016 Olympics you can expect this area to blow up...very very very quickly!

And finally the PC statement...they all will be great...who can argue with that?

In all seriousness, post a comment and let us know who and why you voted the way you did. It's interesting for us to hear different perspectives on the evolution of the area.

1 comment:

Scrumpy said...

Well, I'm biased. We just moved to Printer's Row from Texas. Love the little neighborhood in the big city feel.