State Street Cartoon

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By C.B.

 

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Gimli Apr 04, 2022 10:33 AM
State Street Cartoon

"This town is like a ghost town". - The British Ska Band The Specials -

a-1649014459 Apr 03, 2022 12:34 PM
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Rental Price for Vacant Spaces Right Now
- 710 State Street: $33,232/mo (restoration hardware blg, not including utilities)
- 506 State Street: approx 7500/mo (small 1300 soft retail)
-1021 State Street: 7500/mo (2500 sqft

TMSB Apr 03, 2022 12:09 PM
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Old Navy was paying $90,000 a month for their spot on State Street several years ago, so yes, rents are that high.

TMSB Apr 03, 2022 03:56 PM
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I worked there for over 6 years. You can say it’s fake but that doesn’t make it not true.

REDTOP Apr 03, 2022 10:23 AM
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Fast and careless teen bike riders made our walk on State promenade scary and unpleasant Saturday afternoon. This is a frequent hazard in our experience. I’ve never noticed any police presence to curtail this. Has anyone else??

love my bubble Apr 03, 2022 10:18 AM
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State Street was losing businesses- and had way too many empty storefronts before the promenade. When it was full of the “hustle and bustle “ of traffic and the people population pushed all together, concentrated on the sidewalks, it was less noticeable, and with the pandemic adding to the empty space numbers, it’s sad.
The rents are crazy high on state, that’s why the mom and pop, and small businesses are unable to remain. A big problem is that these big corporations or wealthy land owners that have empty spaces get tax write offs, so they don’t seem to care if it stays empty. I have heard of other towns that had similar issues, start charging some sort of “empty/ vacancy tax” that charges the owners a tax/ fee for having an empty building, making it worth their while to get renters. And it apparently is working for them. Something has to be done.
And mixed use is a great idea. When I was young I knew people who lived above the State Street shops and businesses downtown. Having residents there keep the area populated day and night and can help reduce crime by having eyes on the area ( their neighborhood) 24/7.

a-1649013842 Apr 03, 2022 12:24 PM
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@1216 - someone also doesn't need to jack up rent above the market rate to raise their own salaries.

a-1649013381 Apr 03, 2022 12:16 PM
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Someone had to build the house you live in, the building at your place of employment, the grocery store you buy your food from, the restaurant where you connect with friends…..

a-1649012383 Apr 03, 2022 11:59 AM
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@11:18, I was wondering when the pro-development, investor landlords would chime in. Glad you're here!

a-1649009897 Apr 03, 2022 11:18 AM
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There are way more thriving small businesses on State St than there are vacant storefronts.

SBRocks Apr 03, 2022 09:33 AM
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I was downtown last week for business. The "Parklet"smelt of rotten milk and vomit.
Look forward to your next cartoon.

SBCatsnDogs Apr 03, 2022 08:25 AM
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The cartoon needs to add a few more details - the grime and trash , the homeless people and their stuff, the so called "parklets", and bikers swooshing by at 40 mph! Are the rents really that high?? Everywhere? Who would pay that much in an environment like our "Promenade" right now?

Notthatbad Apr 03, 2022 09:14 AM
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Probably true but this is still a fine piece — great dialogue, good artwork...

Snoodely Apr 03, 2022 07:51 AM
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Right on, C.B. — nice work!
State Street landlords are due for a spanking.

SMOKIN JOE Apr 02, 2022 11:16 PM
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holy toledo are the rents actually that high?

Basicinfo805 Apr 02, 2022 06:00 PM
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Downtown SB basically sucks nowadays. Feel free to argue/disagree.

Notthatbad Apr 02, 2022 06:04 PM
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Tondi Gelato is pretty good. Downtown’s not THAT bad.

a-1648934284 Apr 02, 2022 02:18 PM
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Cartoon is spot on. The latest scuttlebutt on our late great City of SB: Macy's and adjacent parking areas have been sold to condo developers. This came from a store manager in a struggling store in what is left of the La Cumbre shopping center stores. Can anyone confirm? The manager's reason for the debacle there: greedy landlords and high rents.

Babycakes Apr 02, 2022 01:52 PM
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Fitz: I'm thinking that what you saw was some sort of April Fools Day "gag" or setup similar to what they do in the 'Jackass' series of movies or 'Impractical Jokers' TV show. You did not mention that the children were hit, so if they fell down it's probably because they were startled by the "cyclist" who kept riding as the grandmother screamed for someone to stop them (stop them for what?). So, possibly just a gag to get people to think it was real, which it m-a-y have been. Who knows...

a-1648938859 Apr 02, 2022 03:34 PM
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Yeah, it could also have been a cloaked flying saucer! Sheesh!

fitz Apr 02, 2022 01:02 PM
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I'd like the cartoonist to drawn one showing a female bicyclist causing two children to fall as they were walking across State Street to attend the Granada children's concert Saturday afternoon. The grandmother should be shown picking up the children and pulling them back and yelling for someone to stop the bicyclist. Not fun for them or the families watching it unfold.

edney Apr 02, 2022 12:49 PM
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For the sake of accuracy, the dog should be sniffing human fedes

Notthatbad Apr 03, 2022 10:00 AM
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Looking again, there appears to be feces in the lower left corner. Your point still stands, of course.

SBTownie Apr 02, 2022 11:58 AM
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Haha, yeah. This one is pretty spot on!

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