Is 8South the new 12South?

Saw an article in this week’s Business Journal about 8South – which is roughly the area from Cannery Row up to the corner of 8th and Division. There is certainly a lot going on there, from favorite night spot Mercy Lounge to the brand new Flyte restaurant. Of course, having the Gulch right around the corner doesn’t hurt, either. I’m just wondering what it will take to really get this area off the ground. What do you MetBloggers think 8South needs to really take hold? What do you like and dislike about it? And has anyone eaten at Flyte that might want to post a review?

2 Comments so far

  1. Andrew (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 12:07 pm

    I’ve been thinking about this as I was driving around this morning, and since no one else has commented, I’ll add another two cents: The area needs a solid lunch spot. Flyte looks like it will be great for dinner (still waiting on that review, folks), but it’s only open from 4:30pm on. I think a high traffic lunch spot for downtowners would raise awareness about the area and get people comfortable with coming to 8South for more than strip clubs and cheap liquor.

  2. Chris Wage (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

    I think it’ll need a few more restaurants to flesh out the area.. Flyte is supposed to be good but on the pricier side..

    A more practical consideration is traffic flow.. Right now 8th and 12th are pretty decent-sized arteries out of downtown that are, right now, relatively uncongested. But 12south has put the squeeze (literally) on traffic through that area, and I’d imagine 8th is taking up the slack right now.. I’m not city planner, but I’d imagine the civic design center has some ideas for this..

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