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What Should Go Here? Empty Storefronts on Southwest Highway

Southwest Highway is brimming with possibilities but what should go there?


There are a lot of great businesses on Southwest Highway—, the Liquid Indian at —but they could use some company.

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Southwest Highway is brimming with possibilities, but as one of the gateways into Oak Lawn, it could stand some improvement. A lot of improvement.

Last year, the preponderance of empty storefronts along Southwest Highway One resident sent us photos of 23 empty storefronts on Southwest Highway between Ridgeland Avenue and 95th Street alone.

We went back last week and there is still a hell of a lot of empty spaces. We’re not ready to give up on Southwest Highway just yet and believe that its best years still lie ahead.

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That’s where you come in. With some vision and urban planning, we think Southwest Highway can be turned into an economic engine and tourist attraction for the Southland.

We picture restaurants, artist studios and galleries, shops and cute little boutiques. But enough of what we think—we want you tell us “what should go here?”

Put on your urban planner hat and tell us your ideas for Southwest Highway?

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