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New Food Choices Improving the Feel of Downtown Streets

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2005, at 12:49PM
Camille's sidewalk cafe at 7th / Hope Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Frequent commenter David Kennedy emailed me the other day commenting on how glad he was to see some of the infill development going on Downtown in ground floor spaces that have long been vacant. In particular he noticed the Roy's Restaurant going in at 8th & Figueroa and the cafe-type eateries going in around the 7th/Metro Red Line station. You may (or may not) remember that I've previously mentioned Roy's. They presented their plans to DLANC one year ago today. Pictured is the Camille's at 7th and Hope; next door a Qdoba Mexican Grill is under construction.

This kind of development is so important for creating a sense of life Downtown. Roy's has big windows that readily let you see the dining room from the street. Daily Grill has that same transparency. Camille's has some fun outdoor seating raised off the sidewalk. This is a hugely positive shift from the older tradition of inward-facing buildings Downtown, where retail has been tucked away and hidden from the street.

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