Flying to Denver today to visit booksellers in the Mountains and Plains region. I can't wait to see the new Tattered Cover bookstore in the historic theatre the moved to last year. TC was the anchor for an entire neighborhood revitalzation, then the rent climbed beyond what was affordable for the store forcing the move. A victim of there own success, they moved to a historic landmark and former theatre. I'm hoping to get a good look around from Neil Strandberg (TC guru, former St. Paul resident like me and all around good guy). The rent problem TC had is not new for indy bookstores for example you can see it happening with Mitchell Kaplan's, Books and Books location in Miami Beach. That store helped to bring back from the dead the pedestrian mall it resides on and now rents are skyrocketing. Store owners that can buy (like Roxanne Coady at R.J. Julia) and charge fair market rent back to the store, have far greater control. I met a brand new bookseller in Seattle that was on the cusp of opening her dream bookstore and the fact that she had bought the building was such a strikingly smart move. And don't trust me, the expert, Len Vlahos from the ABA cheered her move. But I digress.......
Read in The Times today Spitzers attempt at a plan for rennovating and updating the Javits Center (this discussion has now spanned over two decades!). BEA will be back in NYC in 2009 and again in probably 3 years). The part that made me laugh was the closing paragrpah that stated if his $4 billion plan can't get support they'll look at a less ambitious plan that would entail, "repairing the leaky roof, installing new windows and overhauling the spotty air-conditioning system at a cost of $400 million"
I say we start an A/C relief fund right now in preperation for BEA in 2008. I'll even throw in the first buck!
More from a mile high this weekend.......
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