In the August edition of the Monitor on page 5, Tom Goldstein’s column, “The decline of the Midway,” was missing a paragraph and another ran twice. Here is what was missed:
Venture a few blocks north on Snelling and the pattern continues, with the same “for rent” signs dotting the avenue year-after-year. Hamline Hardware is gone and empty, as is Dan’s Fan City, though three years later a new use of the boarded-up building is reportedly in the works. Other than the rebuild of Lloyd’s Pharmacy, a replacement of the aging (and annoying) Taco Bell drive-through establishment, and the opening of the Flying Pig Thrift store, new business activity near Hamline University has been at a standstill for years.
Sadly, this dismal situation stretches in all directions. The Midway Marketplace is home to the cavernous, vacant Herberger’s store (until recently, utilized as a covid-testing site by the state), and the At Home Superstore that replaced Wal-Mart is lucky if a mere 5% of its huge parking lot is occupied—other than during soccer games. Venture a block east, and you’ll find more vacant storefronts, Target’s huge, underutilized “overflow” parking lot, and a few blocks farther down, an empty, glass-strewn lot where Napa Auto Parts once did a thriving business.
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