Fountain Square businesses thrive despite recent gang-related activity
Area becoming trendy despite crime
Last Updated: 244 days ago
Fountain Square is becoming hip and trendy, and the Fountain Square Merchants Association is working hard to market the area as the place to be.
As far as recent gang activity affecting local business owners, Linton Calvert said that's not happening at all.
"I've been in Fountain Square for 19 years and as of last Thursday, when I left to come to Florida, I have not seen one thing that was gang related… now, I'm talking about the commercial district," Calvert said.
Michelle Chenoweth works at the End of the Line restaurant in Fountain Square and she lives close enough to walk or bike to work.
"When you live in an urban environment, you'll see graffiti and people doing stupid stuff but I've not seen it," Chenoweth said.
Chenoweth said she's seen the area improving with plenty of new customers from all over the greater metro area, and she said she's never felt safer, despite news of the gang-related arrests.
"I did have a friend give me the name of one of them a month ago and asked all of us if we'd heard anything about it, but nobody else I knew heard anything else about it, or seen anything like there was a new gang in the neighborhood," she said.
Sources told RTV6 that the residential areas east of the business district is where some folks have been experiencing problems, but in the heart of the square where all the night spots and places to eat are, it's business as usual.
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