By Caitlin Hawke
Jock Davenport strikes again. This time with an article that clocks in at 16 years old. It was Y2K, the year that the CVS -- a third chain drugstore in two square blocks -- was beaten back by a community boycott. We'd recently lost our Associated Supermarket and had two large drugstores, already.
And now, by 2016, we've dwindled back down to just one mega-drug-mart in our catchment. As a sign of the times, the new tenants of choice are the urgi-care storefronts.
Speaking of Associated markets, today up in Washington Heights at W. 187th and Fort Washington Avenue, the neighbors just came together and beat back a Walgreens to preserve their beloved and much-needed Associated. Strangely reminiscent.
In June 2000, Jock asked a lot of questions that a decade and a half later are still relevant. With the recent landmarking of much of our western catchment, there were still plenty of carve-outs along Broadway. So the specter of development looms large.
The lessons live on. And, Jock, to answer your headlining question: Yes, we can!
We know. Because we did.
And now, one from the vault...originally published in June 2000.