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Downtown Crossroads: A Block that Overlaps Districts

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Friday, June 20, 2008, at 08:49AM
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New umbrellas at the Angelique Cafe frame the view looking south from the balcony.

9th and Main is a Downtown junction with the odd median nearing a completed facelift––something planned as far back as 2005. It’s another step to improve what has become the corner of Gallery Row and the Fashion District.

New colorful blue and green spheres aside, the block's features include lofts, galleries, roll up your sleeves tailoring, a fashion designer, a loved cafe and some old signs to be seen as more cleanup continues.

It's always been an interesting corner for blogdowntown to explore, and it's funny to see how the area is marketed. The Tomahawk Lofts claims to be in the heart of the Fashion District. The Great Repulic Lofts, one half block away, stakes its claim as being in the heart of the Financial District.

Carmen Cristerna, who co-owns a shop that tailors clothes and makes signs, is glad for the changes. For the first time, after 35 years, they worked late when last week they placed banners up for the nearby Chapman Lofts. "I admire the contrast," she says. "There are well dressed people and poor people walking on the streets together with less emotion of fear."

As for 9th and Main being the southern tip of Gallery Row, or the north exit from the Fashion District; that depends which road you travel.

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