Genius, pure genius.
All good points, Paul. Thanks very much for your analysis.
The name of the bar is spelled Alley Twenty Six, to distinguish it from Alley 26, which is how it's colloquially known.
Let's not outlaw guns. Let's outlaw hotels.
One or two blocks can make all the difference, as it's not just distance that determines the success of a block.
Now that the courthouse at Church and Main is empty, and many of the Durham Social Services/Human Services offices have moved to 414 E. Main, that area has fewer pedestrians and activity. Ask the folks at the Subway restaurant in the basement of 200 E. Main about the drop off in business. There is definitely a different vibe on Church Street than on Parrish. Hopefully, Blue Coffee will bring some new life to that area.
@Carnot, I was just thinking of that South Square development the other day. I'm definitely going to check in to it. And the old Fayette Place, which is near Lakewood Avenue and Fayetteville Street has been an eyesore for years. A Philadelphia company bought it before the recession in hopes of making it student housing. Now ... crickets. Stay tuned.
ForeThoughts: Here is the first story we ran about the Velvet Cloak in July. There have been lawsuits, but this apparently is a civil matter, not a criminal one.
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