Saturday, April 14, 2007

143 Main Street

This is a perfect example of what I was talking about yesterday. Who wouldn't want to live over a variety store on Main Street? You could step out your door in the morning, stop and get a cup of coffee and a newspaper, walk to work or to the train station or catch a bus, walk to the Palace Theater (if it were open), walk to a number of good to excellent restaurants, walk to the grocery store and the laundromat and the library...well, you get my drift.

Sure, I recognize that not everyone is a natural-born city dweller. A lot of you left The City and Long Island to get away from exactly this kind of lifestyle. But rest assured that there are plenty of people who would be very happy indeed to live in a reasonably priced apartment in downtown Danbury. After all, what is the vacancy rate of apartments right now? I haven't found any figures, but I'll bet it's not very high. I'll bet it's not as high as the vacancy rate for commercial and office properties.

There is no good reason for the fourth floor of this building to be vacant. (And I'm not too sure about the third floor, either.) What does our city need to do in order to make it feasible for the owner of this building to open up the upper floors to housing?


Anonymous said...

Ive lived above a Pizza Parlor on a much busier street but...

In the city I lived in, we had police that actualy fined and ticketed illegal vehicles. Danbury seems to be encouragein motor bikes with straight pipes, and boom cars. They are certainly doing very little about it. You can not live under that kind of mental stress for long. Boom cars are killing inner cities like nothing else before.


Sharon said...

"Boom cars" -- great description! I live a few blocks from the center of town, and I know exactly what you mean. They come down my street, too. I take comfort in the sure knowledge that all the kids who do this will be deaf by the time they're 30.

So you're saying that the boom cars don't drive through neighborhoods in Ridgefield and Newtown and New Fairfield and Wilton because they don't dare to? Because they know that the police are out there watching (and listening to) the roads? Is there in fact an ordinance to restrict the volume of car radios?

Anonymous said...

I am not sure of Other towns, Its probably worse in Norwalk but better in Ridgefield. Danbury has the Mall, Marcus Dairy etc.. these attract a lot of traffic and therefore noise.

I dont beleive Danbury has an ordinance specific to Car stereos, just the regular noise ordinances.