Monday, November 23, 2009
Segoe and University: Personally, I think a Tarzhay would be a big improvement
This is the corner of Segoe and University at Hilldale that was excavated two years ago to make way for the bold new vision of developer Joseph Freed & Associates' new Hilldale: "Shop it. Live it. Love it." New condos were going to flank a big, new Whole Foods. Then the market softened, and the condos fell through, to be replaced by a proposed hotel and office building. Then those fell through. Then Whole Foods pulled out. The hole remained.
Now Target wants to build a store here, in their new urban configuration. Some object to bringing in a Big Box. Others are tired of looking at the Big Hole. I think the novelty has worn off the hole. Sure, it added a nice backdrop of seedy urban grunge to the glitzy Hilldale scene, but eventually that gets tiresome. A Tarzhay would be a nice change of pace -- especially for downtown and near west shoppers who want to buy a pair of socks at a reasonable price without commuting to the far western burbs.