“To get to the point where we are today has been a long process,” Hernandez said. “Changes have been slow as we have a lot of obstacles; the location and some of the ownerships we have in the area, absentee owners that have inherited buildings.
“It has been a challenge but I think things are changing around in the area. New businesses have opened in the area, our festival is growing, the streets are cleaner, new owners taking more pride in presentation of stores; little by little we are getting there.”
Core to Shore
Quiroga-King said he thinks the Core to Shore initiative will help spur attraction to the district.
“Some of our energy will feed off the Core to Shore development and the central park,” he said. “We will be just a hop, skip and a jump from the park, and hopefully that will feed a lot of new businesses our way.”
Hernandez said the history of the community has to be taken into account when trying to make changes. To be successful, they will have to look to the past to plan for the future.
“We are trying to find creative and unique ways to promote the area,” he said. “Honor the past and heritage while promoting the community of today. That’s how we will take the next step in Capitol Hill’s future.”