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    Philpm, edrie

    That little part of EPA that is on the west side of 101 was once called Whiskey Row. It was a city block made up of nothing but dive bars and liquor stores. When I say dive bar I mean a real one. Not one of these trendy hipster places that the college crowd hangs out at to be cool. It was rough.

    Now, it has been torn down and filled with high rise offices and, I shit you not, a Four Seasons Hotel.

    i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

    by bobinson on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:12:28 AM PDT

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    •  yep - and that four seasons hired locally - the (1+ / 0-)
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      idea was to replace the strip that was part of the fire-fight zone with something that would benefit the community.  it isn't gentrification so much as adding a tax base to provide for better services for the residents of epa.

      there are now low cost housing units - not filled with the "new" "harlemites" that are taking over upper manhattan - rather, the people who stuck it out here in epa when times were horrid - these are the people filling those affordable units.

      this neighborhood is truly a mixed neighborhood - from african american, to latin, to tongan, to caucasian (my housemate has lived here 18 yrs - long before one would say it's "fashionable"... and, the majority of newcomers are minorities.  there are asians who bought the house across the street as an investment and rent it out to section 8 - not to the "gentrified".  this neighborhood is now and will remain for a long time one of the few last refuges for those of us who prefer a diverse living experience.  

      the ikea (diagonally across from the 4 seasons over 101) won out over a car dealership because of the number of people who would be employed.  ikea is an amazing employer - they offer full timers health care and part timers also a health care plan.  they pay higher than minimum wage and have given many in this town good jobs - not just on the bottom level, but managerial, as well (as has home depot).

      we now have a nordstrom's rack, sports authority, our mcdonald's and more - and the locals are the customer base.

      for those who are "business owners" who thought epa was a good investment, they are being proven right.  new restaurants, new shops, new services... including bus service that used to be spotty at best now runs overnight.

      what makes a town turn around are services that are provided for the residents - that builds the tax base and gives the means to provide that library, that fire dept with extra trucks and fire fighters, extra police who work the gang task force and the police explorers to counter the gang influence.

      epa is a town that is doing everything right - and the town will come out so much stronger for it - still with it's original residents sticking by the place where they've vested their lives.

      if i had money to buy a place, this is where i'd buy.  i like the spirit of epa - and i believe in the people who live here and are trying to make it better!

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Mon May 06, 2013 at 12:36:18 PM PDT

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