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Can Madison Avenue Get Some Attention? Please!

Lets make the whole city a place to be!

As a new girl on the block I am reading so much about Detroit Avenue.

What about Madison?

Now before you go yelling back at me, I get it. There is a move to revitalize downtown Lakewood and it is very beneficial.

I am not blogging in anger.

But lets also branch out and look at the rest of the community. I am situated between Warren and Hilliard and there is so much potential in this little nook for an uptown block as well.

It would be nice to see little niches throughout the city, designated as districts for shopping etc.

In my block there is some retail and lovely spaces for rent. Just next to there is a space that seems quite suited for a cafe, breakfast space or coffee house.

Recently the store as well. How about some fresh to go soups, smoothies, etc.

Can I mention coffee again?

We have the , , and , so we have some good bars/restaurants here already — lets work on filling in the gaps, by encouraging new business over here, too and help this area prosper as well.

PLEASE — It benefits us all. 

I am that mom-and-pop-shop and quite frankly I couldnt afford the rent on Detroit so I have this charming lil' shop and would love to stay here longterm.

Thirstees Little Bling Shoppe

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Renee Lavelle August 13, 2012 at 05:49 PM
silliness! its a full circle commitment to run a city. I am thinking about moving here next year if I can renew my shop lease. Id like to live in between Madison and Detroit so I can walk/bike to both. Funny thing for me is when Im at my store and I think, "hmm i want to go get lunch" I dont want to drive over to detroit and brave the traffic and hunt for a parking spot. People know lakewood for its shops diversity and walking biking culture but its a big city- encouraging growth everywhere makes the city money too and helps with vacancies store, homes and otherwise- make it a place where people want to live and everyone thrives
Colin McEwen August 13, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Hey gang, let's keep this conversation civil... And, if you want to be a credible, use your real names! This is about a having a discussion, let's try not to attack people.
Renee Lavelle August 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Well there is a big post now regarding this topic-I hope I encouraged that :) :)
Renee Lavelle August 24, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Because of this Blog, I was contacted by Dru Siley, Director-Department of Planning and Development & Division of Housing and Building-We had a lengthy conversation and he shared with me the city plans for Madison Ave which included many improvements to Infrastructure as well as incentive for storefront renovation and he is seemingly genuine about helping business owners on Madison and working to drive new businesses there as well. I look forward to working with him in the future and I will continue to blog as positive updates happen- or when I have an opinion-LOL
Joni Nowak RN/CCRN October 09, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I'm with you Renee. I own the Lakewood Learning Center. It's on the other end of Madison, right across form Madison Park. I like the area and live in one of the nicely maintained apartments directly above my storefront. It's incredibly convenient and there's lots of free public parking right across the street. The street though, could use a facelift. Another article I read on Patch suggested that the repaving and upgrades to the street scape may not be accomplished till 2014. They should find a way to do it in 2013. I'd like to see flower baskets on the telephone poles on Madison Ave, potted blooms outside stores and new paint on many of the storefronts that are sorely in need of it. It should be mandatory! Madison is 'not' Detroit and that's okay. There is alot less congestion here, it's easy to find parking and there are many, many viable businesses here. There must be a half a dozen Law Firms, Churches, one beautifully renovated Museum, an American Heart Assoc Training Center, Library, Angelo's, Bike Shoppe, Florists, Bakeries, Printing Shops, the new Taco Tanto's, a nicely renovated Bowling Alley/Bar, and everything on the western end... from Yoga Studios to Home health Care Agencies. Madison is thriving and should be given more thought. Actually, Mayor Mike Summers stopped in to the Lakewood Learning Center a few months ago and promised his office would do everything they could to revitalize this lovely Uptown area! Now, it needs to happen.

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