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fre·mo·cen·trist (f'mō-sĕn'trĭst) n. one who deeply believes all in the universe revolves around the Seattle neighborhood of Fremont - fremocentric adj. see Kirby Lindsay
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fre·mo·cen·trist (f'mō-sĕn'trĭst) n. one who deeply believes all in the universe revolves around the Seattle neighborhood of Fremont - fremocentric adj. see Kirby Lindsay
           The Archives: Published Dec 31, 2009 - The Fremocentrist

by Kirby Lindsay

Resolution 2010 – Dream Big In Fremont img1Every year I write a resolution for the coming year in Fremont.  I like resolutions, and the chance to assess and evaluate the coming year - and my expectations for it.

As the global economy does a steady, careful and wildly over-analyzed turnaround, the small businesses of Fremont continue to struggle.  With winter fully arrived, as holiday hysteria gives way to grey grimness, some businesses won’t survive such as Railey’s, Lucca Statuary and Urbanweeds.

However, we will also gain businesses – Kylie’s Chicago Pizza, Wax On Spa, and Santolea (the restaurant opening in the former Ian space).  People change careers, rents have come down and previously occupied retail spaces offer opportunities.

My resolution for 2010 is to not only support the Fremont business district, but even nudge changes that I want to see – as well as the visions of others.

Make A Difference

It is possible for an ordinary citizen to bring a specific business to this neighborhood – since I’ve done it.  Passing on a phone number between a landlord (or real estate agent) and a more-than-prospective tenant can put a business here instead of elsewhere.  Community activism put behind a good idea can also direct change.

To make it happen, it helps to have a plan.  So, for this year, I’ve got a list of my dreams for Fremont.

First, I (always) want a more ‘family friendly’ Fremont.  A casual poll of parents and teens of what they need to come here got these suggestions:

  • more playgrounds - dream big, and one has ‘water features’ like slides and a wading pool
  • a Community Center with, specifically, a youth center and a senior center
  • more preschools
  • a public swimming pool
  • a video arcade (although, I’m told, these are no longer the hot item…but I’ve never been terribly concerned with being cutting edge)
  • Red Robin/Johnny Rockets, or some other familiar hangout...although, honestly, the last thing Fremont needs is another restaurant – and we already have the best hamburgers in the city!
  • Some ideas are worth pursuing for all demographics:

  • Movie Theater
  • Bowling Alley
  • an all-ages (sometimes) dance floor, dance club and/or public events facility
  • Drug Store – specifically, one that would move into Fremont and stay…
  • Hot Dog restaurant a la The Frankfurter or Dante’s Inferno Dogs, if Dante Rivera decides to open a permanent locale
  • They say in brainstorming, there are no bad ideas.  So, let’s consider…

    Resolution 2010 – Dream Big In Fremont img2
  • ‘viaduct’ the Burke-Gilman Trail, to provide a single lane going in each direction
  • In 1980, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce did a Revitalization Plan for the neighborhood business district.  Part of it contained a 10-year-plan and a list of the business-types that participants wanted in the area.  By 1985, after the neighborhood directed its energy towards a specific goal, all those businesses had arrived.

    Change will happen.  Businesses will move or close, and if we all work to keep Fremont the attractive, energetic and positive place it is, other businesses, services and programs will arrive.  In 2010, I have resolved to do what I can to make change happen – how ‘bout you?

    ©2010 Kirby Lindsay.  This column is protected by intellectual property laws, including U.S. copyright laws.  Reproduction, adaptation or distribution without permission is prohibited.

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