I can honestly say “I liked Main Street before it was hip”; but only because we happened to buy a house 2½ blocks away in 1996 and were introduced to its motley charms back then.
The neighborhood these days is pretty well folks like us who bought in before it caught on, plus hipsters and immigrants rejoicing in the still-sane rents which are mostly a function of most of the buildings being 90 years old, beat-up, and not very upscale when they were built.
Having said that, the commercial rents right on Main itself are whiplashing the interesting merchants. But let’s focus in on some surviving low-rent Transpacific flavors.
A-1 Bike Shop has appeared here before. They must have a long-term lease because I can’t see it as a high-margin business. Appropriately, they subordinate design elements to typography.
We may be hip but we’re still extremely immigrant-heavy and immigrant-friendly, and I just don’t see any downsides to it. People naturally want to move around; why would getting in the way be a net benefit in the big picture?