Thursday, November 17, 2005

Gaslight Square Compliment

So I received a compliment on the Royale. I get a lot of comments across the board about the place. Some resonate more than others.

An older gentleman was in with his wife and friends. They were a friendly bunch and sat at the end booth and had a full meal. I chatted with them for a few minutes and later on I went back to the table. The one guy told me the place reminded him of a place that could be in Gaslight Square. This is the second time I have heard this comment.

I take that as quite a compliment. I am far too young to have experienced Gaslight. I was born in another city in December of 1972, after the heyday and far away from Gaslight Square. I didn't think of Gaslight as a guide on how or what to open. From what I have heard from old timers and what I have read this is only a good thing.

In the location I am in now, a true Gaslight Square situation is not really possible. I don't have enough neighboring businesses to grow with. I have a greater neighborhood to grow with, but nothing pedestrian that can create an energy. That is why it breaks my heart to be an outlaw on Cherokee street. I would love to be a part of a growing street, a tight neighborhood. I don't want to have just a lone place. I want to be a part of a growing community that depends and thrives off of each other.

I see this possibility happening on Manchester in FPSE right now. But I don't think that is quite my hood though. It is a great hood, but not quite my speed. I hope to see a multitude of areas that foster this organic growth to make a stronger overall city. We are not just a few hip little areas and sleepy/abandoned areas, we can be greater city with a wide range of different strengths.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you think you have a better neighborhood than what Gaslight Square had?

10:07 PM  
Anonymous CathyJ said...

I think Steve meant "Greater" as in larger or more expansive. Not better. Get over it!

3:12 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...


Greater as in larger, a good chunk of the southside. Gaslight Square was one of the greatest neighborhoods in our nation's history.

There will never be another Gaslight Square, but there will never be another Loop, another West End etc. But there will be another interesting and revived area for sure. It just depends on which areas and how many we let grow.

9:46 PM  

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