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By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted November 09, 2010 at 11:15:20

This is only a small part of it, but what about making the infamous James-to-Mary block of King the example of how to do this -- intentionally create multiple, easily accessible nodes for creative businesses within the core by repurposing existing buildings, and allow for some natural development alongside it

How about starting with intentionally creating attractively priced small spaces designated for some of these startups - with five-year financial incentives from the city for the businesses who want to locate there - like the four vacant junk-filled stories above Urban Alley, or the newly renovated area above Cheapies? Or whoever owns the building on the northeast corner of King and James - these can all be small spaces where multiple small businesses get their start.

Barton has a lot of live-work potential, and entire stretches that could be creatively adapted - what about rental apartments that include free storefront space, contingent on a business/gallery/studio actually going in that space?

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