New vision: Auto Row, meet ‘College Town’
Since the demise of the auto row, south Viking Avenue has had an identity crisis.
An eclectic mix of businesses, and some large chunks of vacant real estate, line the thoroughfare. If you were so inclined, you could get the car worked on, grab a bite to eat, buy stuff for the house, get a haircut, get a spray tan, get a tattoo, and have an afternoon cocktail, all within walking distance. (You can buy quilting materials, and go to church there, too.)
Walk up the hill and catch a movie. Walk toward the water and stroll County Road 59 Park.
City officials say Viking Avenue lacks cohesiveness, that it’s a place you drive to for a specific reason but don’t stay long.