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What Should Go Here? Empty Storefronts on Southwest Highway

Southwest Highway is brimming with possibilities but what should go there?

 

There are a lot of great businesses on Southwest Highway—, the Liquid Indian at —but they could use some company.

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Southwest Highway is brimming with possibilities, but as one of the gateways into Oak Lawn, it could stand some improvement. A lot of improvement.

Last year, the preponderance of empty storefronts along Southwest Highway One resident sent us photos of 23 empty storefronts on Southwest Highway between Ridgeland Avenue and 95th Street alone.

We went back last week and there is still a hell of a lot of empty spaces. We’re not ready to give up on Southwest Highway just yet and believe that its best years still lie ahead.

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That’s where you come in. With some vision and urban planning, we think Southwest Highway can be turned into an economic engine and tourist attraction for the Southland.

We picture restaurants, artist studios and galleries, shops and cute little boutiques. But enough of what we think—we want you tell us “what should go here?”

Put on your urban planner hat and tell us your ideas for Southwest Highway?

STM August 11, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I strongly agree with you. If you want high end stores and businesses go to the rich neighborhoods or downtown where they most likely don't pay such high taxes as we do in Oak Lawn. This is a suburb of average working people who like me barely survive financially. My taxes went up $1300 for 6 months and I had to borrow money to pay them. Like you said we need more moderately priced stores not high end stores. Dr. Linda Shelton, you are absolutely right.
Sheldon Cooper August 11, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Sigh. I suppose if the taxes were ridiculously low, businesses would move into Oak Lawn. But at least part of the reason that businesses aren't rushing into Oak Lawn is that there IS no 'need' of this kind of store or that kind of store. Every place you can think of that you need to go can either be found close-by or is 'high end' enough that it has NO interest in opening in this modest an area. Since this thread has started, I've had occasion to drive down the section of Southwest Highway a couple of times. Wow. It's really trashy. It looks hopeless. If I wanted to open a business, I wouldn't want to do it there just on looks alone!!!! It's hardly the type of location that draws people in. It's depressingly crappy looking. Too bad the space is defined as it is. That makes a Walmart out of the question -- and that's about the only kind of place that would fit in with how the rest of the place looks. It wouldn't make it look any more low class and shabby. It would just fit right in.
Lorraine Swanson August 16, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I shall do that BBB.
Thomas E Nelson September 23, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I really think a DQ(dairy queen) or a sonic would really do well in this location.They are always running ad's for their burgers or hot dogs at great prices.or if not either of these two the an el pollo loco they have the greatest fryed chicken ever..
Thomas E Nelson September 23, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Thomas E Nelson 7:42 pm on Saturday, September 22, 2012 I really think a DQ(dairy queen) or a sonic would really do well in this location.They are always running ad's for their burgers or hot dogs at great prices.or if not either of these two then an el pollo loco they have the greatest fryed chicken ever..

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