I began my holiday shopping yesterday in Westwood Village, the shopping/dining district immediately adjacent to UCLA; was struck by the amount of vacant retail space. On Westwood Blvd itself, I counted five empty storefronts on each side of the street just on one block (between Kinross and Weyburn). And that’s not counting the signs on the second floor.
And I could see signs advertising “Space available” on other buildings beyond this block.
When I mentioned this in one store where I bought some gifts, a clerk commented that someone had just said the same thing about Beverly Hills. He noted that Westwood Blvd had been particularly hard hit, with a Mexican restaurant that had served the area for twenty-five years, recently vacating its Westwood premises.
I believe this the space that restaurant once occupied:
Do wonder what Governor Brown has planned to reduce the burdens the state places on small businesses and reduce the regulations which have made it difficult for entrepreneurs to stay in business in once bustling neighborhoods like this one.
You’d think that a university village wouldn’t have much difficulty keeping its shops open.