A vision of Maple Avenue, 8/9/2018

Picture this:

It’s Saturday afternoon on a beautiful, crisp fall day.  You’re at the Mosaic District, standing across the street from that lovely little Strawberry Lane park — where Angelica movie theater is.  You could take in a movie, buy some high-end apparel, eat in any of 20 different restaurants, get some organic groceries — you name it.  There’s a beautiful glass-fronted piece of modern architecture in front of you.  And a little park, where people are just hanging out and enjoying the day — families with young kids, maybe a group tossing a frisbee, a skateboarder or two, the obligatory hipsters, some older couples out getting dinner, maybe some people eating take-out in the sunshine or sipping a smoothie.

And as you stand across the street from that, you take all of that in and say, yeah, that’s nice.  That’s exactly the vibe I want to see in Vienna.

And translating that vibe to Maple Avenue is simple.

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Run 33,000 vehicles a day down the street in front of you.  Then pretend that doesn’t change anything.