A half-dozen apartment projects will drop thousands of college students into the Vista, changing the level of activity, traffic, noise and crime.
With more 20-somethings around, the flavor of retail and restaurant offerings will change, too. Think more trendy stores, such as Urban Outfitters, and more fast-casual restaurants, a la Chipotle.
Nightlife? More of it. Mopeds? Look out for ’em.
Add to all that the closing of a landmark like Bluestein’s this past year, highlighting the challenge of nurturing one-of-a-kind, local businesses that provide character.
Of similar concern is a scant African-American presence in an area that during segregation was home to a thriving black business district along Washington Street.
• What will city and state officials do to make it easier for pedestrians to move safely between Main Street and the Vista? To cross Gervais Street? Huger Street?
• Does the city need to do more to guide the location, density and look of large-scale student housing projects?
• Do city leaders want to act to preserve a niche for arts and antiques in the core of the Vista?