What’s Happening With College Avenue As a Retail Hub?

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Shops on College Avenue are bound to come and go, but in the last few months Rockridge residents have been wondering if more are going than coming and what this may portend.

An article in the May issue of The Rockridge News noted at least seven vacant large commercial spaces on College. In response, residents and merchants were invited to share their thoughts on what makes Rockridge special, the character of Rockridge and its successful commercial area, and to suggest particular retail offerings or services that could support or enhance the fabric of the neighborhood in the future.

The "word cloud" at left reflects initial reactions to this request (also see letters to the editor on page 5). The ideas and heartfelt wishes shown here represent the beginning of a conversation RCPC will be encouraging over the next several months to identify the qualities and values defining our neighborhood. Ultimately, RCPC hopes to offer a statement of shared priorities and diverse perspectives that can serve as a tool to be used to help preserve and promote the qualities that make Rockridge special.

The Next Step:

The RCPC June 19 Town Hall will provide critical information on this topic and solicit input from residents. Come hear urban planning expert Rachel Flynn, and be part of a facilitated discussion to start shaping a vision for Rockridge. So many Rockridge residents have important contributions to share on this topic – we hope you'll join your neighbors June 19 to add your thoughts to the mix.