North Avenue Commercial property values were suffering and in decline. Investments are not self sufficient, and there are buildings that have suffered debilitating loss, without any reinvestment. Lack of demand keeps rents low and defers maintenance, and encourages the spiral of decline.
How can a commercial district bisecting decidedly stable, middle class neighborhoods fail to sustain a market relative to the needs of the neighborhoods? What is restricting access from the neighborhoods to the commercial market?