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155Re: [carfreesd] Slideshow with main theme of car-related businesses on El Cajon Blvd

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  • Michael Brennan
    Jan 28, 2009
      Colin, that's a crazy long walk!! 

      I recently had the same observation about El Cajon Blvd. It is completely automobile-centric and perhaps that has started to shift. I'm certainly not one to revel in someone else's misery but I've got to say I'm happy to see any of those dealerships go away. That corridor could be so much more vibrant with some simple street improvements (trees, better sidewalks, artwork). With a better street presence restaurants could open outdoor dining and other businesses could embrace the sidewalk. There are a couple stretches of El Cajon that actually have a nice feel, right around 30th and again around Fairmount where the Ford Dealership closed. The landscaped medians definitely help.

      From: Colin Leath <colinleath@...>
      To: carfreesd@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 9:03:00 PM
      Subject: [carfreesd] Slideshow with main theme of car-related businesses on El Cajon Blvd

      Hi--I'm not sure how interesting this will be to you, but perhaps it could inspire something that is clearly more interesting.
      I got to walking back from Point Loma to near SDSU. Instead of taking the trolley, I decided to walk (to save $2..50, partly, and to practice walking).

      I got to taking photos along the way. On El Cajon Blvd, I tried to take a picture of every business that was related to cars (with a few other miscellaneous things thrown in).

      Of note is that at least some of these places are closing down--the massive Ford dealership shut down and some smaller ones.

      The first photos are from a walk to PB the previous day.

      http://picasaweb. google.com/ colinleath/ PointLomaElCajon Blvd20090126

      The main message may be that perhaps up to 3/4 of the business on that street have to do with car sales, maintenance, fueling, legal issues, etc.

      Peace & a smile,

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