The 800 pound gorilla just lost weight

By
Commercial Real Estate Agent with McQuaid Commercial Real Estate Brokers, LLC

So for the past several years we have heard the rumblings in and around the Mayor's office and Starbucks concerning the Sodo neighborhood and properties being sold to non-industrial users for redevelopment which would, according to the aforementioned entities, result in a devastating loss of neighborhood jobs. I suppose Starbucks considers itself heavy industry but that is another discussion. In any case I have to think that developments of late show once again that relying on one employer to drive all land use thinking is really a terrible business plan. Now that Starbucks is losing weight, who will pick up the slack in a neighborhood that has, through implied (and possibly actual) threat of dominance by the big gorilla, chased off any likely suitors?

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I have to believe that it has always been and will always be healthier for a business community to foster and support many employers, both big and small, rather than relying on just one 800 pound gorilla to carry the load. I guess it was good while it lasted but now that the party is over how do we get home? Fortunately, close to the stadiums will remain vibrant due to the giant public works projects that now exist but what about all those smaller properties further south? Hopefully the loss of weight by the gorilla will cause people to quickly take notice of the perils of leaning on one employer and work hard to entice new, more diverse, employers to come back to the neighborhood.

Comments (17)

Kevin Wood,
Keller Williams Southern Arizona - Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ Realtor

Michael,

Thank you for sharing your perspective. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to reading your future blogs. This is an awesome place to learn and grow.

 

 

Aug 14, 2008 12:40 PM
Susan McQuaide
Keller Williams - Simpsonville, SC

Welcome to Active Rain! Hope you find this site as informational and entertaining as I do!

by the way, nice name...

Aug 14, 2008 12:50 PM
Bill Kennedy
Keller Williams Realty - Greenville, SC
Homes For Sale Greenville SC

Hi! I wanted to welcome you to active rain! This is a great community for learning as well as sharing.  Join some groups, check out some blogs, and write whatever comes to mind.  Tip: Sometimes the best received blogs are the ones that have nothing to do with real estate!  Have a great week.

Aug 14, 2008 02:47 PM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Michael,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to ya!

-Keith

Aug 14, 2008 04:19 PM
Marcy Fedalei
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC

May I be one of the first to welcome you to the ActiveRain community - full of information, ideas and surprises. Enjoy and share!

Aug 14, 2008 11:27 PM
Ron Martin
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC
Ron Martin Team

Welcome to active Rain, This site is an wonderful marketing tool for all of us. have a great day!

Aug 15, 2008 12:30 AM
Ginger Ryals
Prudential C Dan Joyner and Young Realtors - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to Active Rain!! This is a great site to network and share ideas!! Have fun with it!!

Aug 15, 2008 01:05 AM
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

Welcome to ActiveRain!

If you would like a few tips on getting the most out of ActiveRain, please visit my blog Welcome to Active Rain.  It has a few simple steps of what to do now that you have joined.

If you ever have any questions, just let me know.

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Aug 15, 2008 01:08 AM
Kirk Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC Realtor -Short Sale Expert! - Greenville, SC
Kirk Westervelt, Broker In Charge, Van West Realty - CDPE - Short Sale Agent - Home for Sale - Greenville, Simpsonvil...

Hi, welcome to Active Rain! I hope to see more of your blogs in the future. Learn from others, share your knowledge and experiences and enjoy yourself! Take care! ---Kirk.

Aug 15, 2008 01:21 AM
Paul Howard
Paul Howard, Broker, Paul Howard Realty 856-488-8444 - Cherry Hill, NJ
Paul Howard Realty, 856-488-8444

 

Welcome to activerain and congratulations on your first post. You may want to be sure you post to groups that are active in the area you are interested in too.

 

Good luck.

Aug 15, 2008 01:31 AM
Lori Isaacson
Credit Restoration Consultants - Plantation, FL

 

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Aug 15, 2008 02:00 AM
Patricia Fisher
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to the Active Rain Community!  This is a great site to network, learn, and share ideas with others.  Have a great day!

Aug 15, 2008 02:07 AM
Nate Blankenship - Spartanburg, SC Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to Active Rain! This is a great site to network, learn and share ideas with others. Thanks for a great post and I look forward reading more in the future. Have a great day!

Aug 15, 2008 05:53 AM
Greg Steffens
Mountain Country Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA

Michael - Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post.  Be sure to spend some time looking around at what and how others are blogging here.  It is a great education and lots of fun.  Looks like you're off to a great start...keep it up!

Aug 15, 2008 06:14 AM
Lorena Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC
Co-Founder/Co-Owner

Hello, welcome to Active Rain! This seems like a wonderful environment to network as well as learn from others. I hope you enjoy yourself and participate often in the Active Rain environment!

Aug 16, 2008 02:26 AM
Rick Sergison
EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage - Pickering, ON
Durham Region Real Estate Blog

I just stopped by to welcome you to Active Rain. I hope that you find it a great benefit to your business and that you see the value that I have also found here. I am from Charlottesville Virginia and using Active Rain has really increased my business!

My main blog on Active Rain is here: Charlottesville Real Estate Blog, not the link at the bottom of this post. 

I hope you will look into the many groups as there are some great group both local and broad based,.... 

enjoy!

Aug 16, 2008 12:32 PM