Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PLG Pet Shop Wars And the Rogers Ave Renaissance

Posted By on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 4:47 PM

This is the area were discussing, elitist neighborhoodists
  • This is the area we're discussing, elitist neighborhoodists

In July, Prospect Lefferts-Gardens' Hawthorne Street blog reported a new pet store, Trixie's, would be opening in September on Flatbush Avenue. This morning, they report that another pet store, Bow Wow Pet Store and Spa, should open soon, two avenues over on Rogers. According to the comments, it will be a place "Where dogs drool and pets rule".

Can a neighborhood that never had one pet store now support two? Does the new development brewing there have anything to do with it? If this was happening in Park Slope, would it seem less strange that I were reporting it?

Apparently, PLG has long been in a development limbo. As Hawthorne Street explains:

Rogers is dead, foot-traffic-wise, so businesses stay away. Flatbush is the only game in town but Flatbush is too expensive for most new businesses. We end up in stalemate. The more businesses that test Rogers, though, the greater the chances of expanding and diversifying our services.

Commenter Michael Fusco chimes in: "My wife and I are hoping that Rogers becomes what Vanderbilt became in Prospect Heights. Or Franklin in Crown Heights." Or, for that matter, Fifth Avenue in Park Slope! Which was not-so-nice not so long ago. Anyway, a pet store can be a boon, but gentrification is a dangerous thing...

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