Reader: Antique Row Was Dying a Slow Death Until Pot Shops Came Along

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Since the publication earlier this month of a post about Antique Row businesses being cool to the concept of re-branding South Broadway as The Green Mile because of the proliferation of marijuana shops there, we've collected lots of commentary about the area -- and plenty of varied opinions. Below, see the passionate views of one local, who identifies with another term used to denote the influx of cannabis businesses.

See also: Reader: Pot Shops and Trendy Yuppie Joints are Ruining South Broadway

Rgator writes:

I live in Broadsterdam, not the Green Mile. Broadsterdam is the strip of South Broadway from Louisiana to Iliff avenues basically and the adjoining blocks around there where there is the largest concentration of legal dispensaries anywhere on the planet.

I have lived within this area of South Broadway off and on since 1980. Antiques have been dying a slow death for years and Broadway was really beginning to look bad. And personally, I would never visit any of the antique shops. Why would I?

Now though this area of South Broadway is starting to be built back up and the crappy old antique shops that were just hanging on are moving out to businesses now more suited to the area and today's date.

It was OBVIOUS the antique shop owners were not going to ever get this area recovered on their own as they were dropping like flies.

Those antique shops that can survive there should appreciate what the new businesses and their customers are doing for Broadsterdam because the antique shops on Broadway like the one pictured here are not doing much for the people in this area, nor the other merchants. They ought to learn the value of these shops being here and actually consider what their own value to this neighborhood is!

I live right on South Broadway and I don't think there is anything special about the shop that is making this complaint. They are just one of very many shops in Broadsterdam.

If anything, these businesses should not be complaining about the dispensaries! It is the dispensaries and all their customers that is bringing the new business traffic to South Broadway, NOT antiques! The antique business owners should be stopping in all the local dispensaries, introducing themselves to the those owners and THANKING them for moving into the neighborhood.

Since the "Turn of the Century" antiques doesn't seem to think the dispensaries and their customers are not fit for the area, maybe none of the potential shoppers that come from those dispensaries should be visiting this crybaby business.

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