Laura Green: Time to consider affordable retail space

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Recent developments in downtown Amherst have me concerned about the future of the town’s small, independent retail shops.

The demise of the Carriage Shops means that there are many fewer commercial units suitable for small businesses and nonprofits within walking distance of downtown. Gone, or soon to be, are shops selling wine, yarn, sheet music and antiques, along with a small grocery store, a café and a barbershop. In their place, we have, so far, a single Japanese restaurant and a mysterious entity called Rufus King that has been “coming soon” for at least two years.

We are all familiar with the concept of affordable housing; I think it’s well past time that we considered affordable retail space as just as important for achieving a livable, walkable town center.

Laura Green