I believe so strongly in the future success of the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood that I bought a home in the area investing in the improvements that have been planned and are on the way. Already homeowners are making improvements and the commercial district along North Monroe is showing signs of what I might call "foundational" investment in what looks to be a beautiful revitalization that's been a long time in the making.
For those who may not be aware, the city has approved plans to redesign North Monroe from Indiana to the North Hill. North Monroe Improvement Project Plans include removing one lane in each direction, widening sidewalks, improving lighting, crosswalks, building medians, adding trees and landscaping, widening parking, driving and turning areas and just overall making the area sooooo much better! The project certainly has not been without controversy, but then what change for the better has ever occurred anywhere that didn't come with some pushback early on? Despite a few press releases this year suggesting businesses not being in favor of it, the feeling I get is for the most part just the opposite! Just talking to people all over the city you get the sense that we can all agree something needs to happen to make the area more attractive and inviting.
So instead of it being a "pass through" neighborhood where drivers largely exceed the speed limits, pedestrians have trouble making it safely from one side to the other, and basically an outdated infrastructure, it will now be a place that i much safer, attractive and a destination where people will want to go for food, shopping and entertainment. The plan didn't just come about haphazardly either. It follows many meetings and the input of community leaders, engineers and other stake holders within the community. Here's one of many antique stores in the area. Vintage Rabbit just recently relocated to the area.
The Emerson-Garfield area's very own Farmer's Market relocated this past year from the parking lot of the Knox Presbyterian church to the parking lot of the old Safeway store (now the Spokane Community College extended learning center).
The Farmer's Market only has a few more weeks left for the 2016 season.
This past weekend, a buddy of mine originally from Spokane, who now lives in Missoula working for the Airlines, was here and he was quite impressed with the the changes he's already noticed. He told me about this new brew pub (I was so suprised that I live in Emerson-Garfield and didn't even know about this? What!?) and so I just had to go check it out.
This is taken at the Bellwether Brew Pub located a block or so North of Indiana on the West side of Monroe. The owner Dave (pictured behind the bar) is so excited about the business, the area, and really loves to make great beer. There's something like 20 different craft beers on tap here. I had brew of the wheat spectrum; number 3 I think....Delicious!!! ! You'll have to check it out. Nice interior and the atmosphere is great, plus your supporting local and having great beer!
Speaking of great craft beers:
Even a hip new coffee roaster is here now and plans for so many more
In fact these are just a few examples of the exciting things happening in the area and those who are a part of it.
And you know, this is a real estate related blog and I didn't even get to talk about how this new improvement project has some serious potential to boost the area's home values and in turn increase tax revenue for the city. This is an exciting change for the better to be sure!