Sunday, April 26, 2009

Larryville International

I turn the page and what do I see... ever more positive press on Lawrenceville. The Financial Times Weekend currently has a whole piece with multiple pictures on the neighborhood: Diamond in the rust. Theme is centered around some Richard Florida quotes describing Lawrenceville as a "Next" neighborhood and a creative class ideal... or could be. Something like that. I guess that makes it the 'it' neighborhood in the 'it' city. Those who wish can probably get a copy of the FT at the larger bookstores.

So if you happen to come across a wandering Brit looking for engineers and bohemians you know why.

6 Comments:

Blogger Burgher Jon said...

I saw that article on Saturday and almost spit out my coffee. Great to see us in an international publication.

I'm not a Larryviller myself, but I've been to Arsenel for bowling more times then I can count.

Sunday, April 26, 2009 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I was born in Lawrenceville and most of my local relatives still live there. I think that makes me more part of old Lawrenceville than new... so I have my own coginitive dissonance with the fact that Arsenal Lanes of all places is such the 'it' place for folks from well beyond Lawrenceville.

Anyone remember when there was a bowling alley on the upper floors at 17th and Carson on the South Side? (above the Authenreiths that is also gone... no joke) I always wondered if it was still around if it would also have the same sort of cult appeal these days.

Monday, April 27, 2009 6:55:00 AM  
Blogger Burgher Jon said...

I did not know we used to have a bowling alley on the south side! My house is within walking distance of that location. Is the building still there? What is it being used for now?

Also, since I'm now spending so much time in Charlotte I thought I would let you know about a comparison. In the heart of Charlotte (they actually call it the epicenter) they built a brand new bowling alley in the middle of the night clubs.

Monday, April 27, 2009 9:23:00 AM  
Blogger Peaks and Gutters said...

"So if you happen to come across a wandering Brit..."

Just tell them to walk north on Butler past 51st, or tell them to cross over Butler and walk toward the river. I'm pretty sure they'll be gone shortly thereafter, if they don't have to go to the hospital for tetanus.

I know "community revitalization" takes time, but I think that a lot of areas in Lawrenceville have been under-addressed. Granted, there's a stretch of about 6 or 10 blocks on Butler that is coming together nicely, but I'm still waiting to see it spread from there.

Monday, April 27, 2009 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger n'at said...

Every neighborhood I used to live in is now a happening place. Although, Chopper Dan in the Marlin Grill was always a trip and the sweatpants hookers of the 9th Ward do have a certain "I don't know what."

Monday, April 27, 2009 4:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took boxing lessons in the gym above Dee's Cafe. Is the ring still there?

I go to Lawrenceville maybe twice a year, and every time I'm there I wonder what all the hype is about.

But if Dr. Florida says so, it must be true.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 9:40:00 AM  

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