If there’s a more wasted space in all of Downtown than the intersection of Neil & Vine, I’d like to know where it is. It’s not just the grass and dirt lots by themselves that makes this place look barren, but the juxtaposition with other new nearby buildings and thriving neighborhoods make it stick out all the more like a sore thumb.
Go two blocks north on Neil and you’ll pass a new office building as you enter into the beautiful Victorian Village area.
Go two blocks east and you’ll find the North Market thrive during the day and the surrounding bars thrive during the night.
Go two blocks south and you’ll find the new North Bank Condos being constructed along with other new Arena District Offices, North Bank Park, The LC music venue, and the soon-to-be new Clippers Stadium.
Go two block west… and well… you’d be standing in the middle of interstate 670. Don’t go that way.
There was a brief mention nearly a year and a half ago about a “Market District Proposal” that would add a mix of condos, apartments, and retail to the North East corner of this empty intersection, but that still leaves the other three corners with nothing but tall grass, weeds, and trash.
So my question is this… if you could play as Sim City Mayor for a day, what would you like to see placed here? More residential buildings? More office buildings? Keep in mind that these are two very wide-mouthed streets, which may not be the most pedestrian friendly, and the proximity to both the highway and nearby railroad tracks could both have pros and cons with noise and easy access.
What would you like to see here other than grass?