To the editor:
I’m tired of reading these ill-informed comments from City Council members about what a swamp the Hill Business District is.
The Hill may be in need a facelift, but my experience is that the majority of Hill business owners are hard-working and dedicated to delivering good products and good experiences. I purchase sunglasses and miniDV tapes from Jones Drug. Our resident florist always goes out of his way to make tasteful, personalized arrangements for my family events. I can get designer cards and pick up unique gifts on the fly at Meow Meow. Illegal Pete’s has the best breakfast burritos in the city of Boulder, hands down. My family regularly frequents Glacier for ice cream, Abo’s for pizza, Rush for peach smoothies, Roma for lattes and bagels, Half Fast for The Lou, and Hapa for sushi. Rose Hill has an excellent selection of wines; you can practically throw a dart and pick a winner. The Sink is now serving a gluten-free menu. My daughter picks up snacks at the little Uni Hill market. I’ve seen the Neville Brothers and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Fox. I know there are others that I’m overlooking: Bova’s, The Sink, the optometrist. The list goes on. That’s my Uni Hill.
I have gotten to know many of the Hill merchants and their employees in my eleven years as a Hill home owner and as a regular patron of these businesses.
These are all good businesses. These are hard-working merchants. They are dedicated and committed. Calling the Hill a string of tattoo parlors and medical marijuana dispensaries is a complete and utter mis-characterization of the actual reality and a spitball in the eye of the people who work hard every day on the Hill to build their businesses and serve their clients. They shouldn’t be subject to poorly informed opinions from our elected officials. KC Becker should be spanked.
Not that it matters, but the largest concentration of medical marijuana dispensaries is on Broadway, not on the Hill. Which is also beside the point, because people with breast cancer, AIDs and other sources of chronic pain live in all quarters of our fair city.
A conference center on The Hill? Whose bright idea is that? We’ll be under construction for the rest of eternity. It is annoying enough to enter and exit the neighborhood by plowing through the hordes of kids toddling through the Uni Hill business district intersections with their cell phones jammed in their ears, without having to fight major construction messes. There aren’t good options for building enough parking on the Hill to accommodate a conference center, and major construction zones will kill the small merchants.
We should be doing more to help small business. We should be holding landlords accountable for the appearances of these facilities and supporting the tenants in obtaining improvements. We should be down there spending dollars on the Hill. These businesses are too reliant on student dollars, which translates into de facto seasonal businesses that must struggle through the leaner months and do not have enough dollars to devote to cosmetic enhancements. The solution isn’t kicking them out. The solution is buying their stuff so they can put money back into their business development.
We should be publicly acknowledging these owners and thanking them for persisting through a challenging economy in a hard business climate, not listening to our own City Council slander and mis-represent them on the front page. These businesses deserve better.