Northeast Times

Editorial: Get down to business

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
That old say­ing ap­plies to so many things, in­clud­ing the long com­mer­cial strip along Bustleton Av­en­ue in North­east Philly’s Castor Gar­dens and Ox­ford Circle sec­tions — where the types of busi­nesses, like the sur­round­ing neigh­bor­hoods, have un­der­gone some­what of a trans­form­a­tion of late.
Change can be a good thing, even in the won­der­ful world of good old-fash­ioned fam­ily-run busi­nesses, which are pre­val­ent on Bustleton Av­en­ue, which has seen an in­flux of Asi­an, Middle East­ern and His­pan­ic mer­chants.
In­deed, ZIP code 19149 was de­scribed as a “glob­al na­tion” by an Asi­an-Amer­ic­an of­fi­cial of the city’s Com­merce De­part­ment, which last week stepped up ef­forts to cre­ate a Bustleton Av­en­ue Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation.
The new group would ad­dress is­sues that long ago have been tackled by or­gan­iz­a­tions in oth­er Phil­adelphia neigh­bor­hoods, in­clud­ing se­cur­ity, side­walk clean­li­ness and park­ing. To be sure, the North­east de­serves some of the blame for the City of Broth­erly Love’s oth­er, less char­it­able nick­name, Filthy­delphia, so whatever the new Bustleton Av­en­ue group can do to chip away at that em­bar­rass­ing monik­er would be wel­come. Up­grades to the side­walks and in­stall­a­tion of benches would be a good start.
The new in­hab­it­ants on the res­id­en­tial and busi­ness sec­tors, along with the old-timers who have not yet fled to green­er, “safer” pas­tures in sub­ur­bia, rep­res­ent an op­por­tun­ity to re­ju­ven­ate an area that once put the “bustle” in Bustleton. All it takes is for the mer­chants — ALL of the mer­chants — to join to­geth­er and make it hap­pen.
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