What are the necessary next steps in our Downtown's forward progress.
EVENTS - We have some great events moving forward with Lynn Museum, Arts After Hours, RAW, LynnArts, Mass Theatrica, Building Bridges Through Music, and the Lynn Auditorium. From visual arts to music to theatre to one night charity events, we have a nice mix going on. More please! We all need to embrace competition. It's all good for Downtown Lynn. MORE MORE MORE!
LANDLORDS - Whether you agree with the tactics of our city leaders or not, the pressure being placed on properties such as 33 Central and Hawthorne's is going to force at least a second look from the landlords. They should either get on the train or let it leave without them. Either way, the train is slowly starting to move. It's a lot less painful to jump out now.
CONDOS - In addition to 14 Central Ave and 33 Central Square which seem to be moving in positive directions towards possible new housing, we need more and in the right areas. We need some more density around Central Square. I think gobbling up Hawthorne's might be just what is needed to connect the Central Square area with that vacant lot on Andrew Street left by that grease fire. That is primo land for some great new mixed use space with the potential for several new condos.
COLLEGE TOWN - We need NSCC to expand as they wish and we should encourage some of that expansion to cross the street. Get those college kids walking around Central Square during the day. I love the mention of a possible auditorium in the expansion plan. What our Arts and Culture district lacks is a good 200-300 seat auditorium. This could fill this gap.
AIR CONDITIONED AUDITORIUM - Let's get Lynn Auditorium air conditioned once and for all. Let's do it! It's an important piece of the puzzle so that our downtown entertainment venue can thrive during the summer months and continue to bring support to local restaurants to the tune of 2200 bodies a night.
RESTAURANTS - The Ox is packed every night. Lupita Restaurant and Tatiana's have a growing crowd and Tatiana's has begun some great comedy nights as well. Turbine Wine Bar is growing it's late night scene and dinner crowd with its' incredible new pizza menu. During the day, nothing beats a trip over to Fernando's. Nothing! So, it's a destination for lunch and dinner. More restaurants makes it even more so. BBQ please. Cool, trendy Burger Joint please. Cafe in the downtown with a good cappuccino please. Italian. Indian. Sushi. Anything. We're ready. We're hungry.
CITY - No, I'm not going to complain about anyone here. I'm going to plead with someone to hire a freakin city planner. ONE city planner. ONE who understands urban revitalization and how it works well. A consultant probably to get around the ridiculous residency requirement. DO IT! With every step we take in the wrong direction, we hurt ourselves so much. We've made too many mistakes in allowing certain development to proceed. Need someone to take a look at this area and really start to break it apart street by street and decide exactly what will work where, and go and help the right people make it happen.
So much good is happening. Put your efforts into one of these categories. You will be rewarded.