Once called a “corridor of violence,” Alcatraz Ave. is now home to a cupcake shop, yoga studios, and a farmers’ market. We caught up with neighbors to talk about their lives, the recent change and how we might endeavor to “do it better.”
I’ve seen the change quite dramatically. A lot of this building work [across the street] is new. The guy who owns [our] block, he says, “Father, we’re gonna stop this, aren’t we?” And I says, “No, we’re not.” He says, “Father, they’re gonna sell liquor.” I says, “It’s wine and beer and I’m Irish. What do you want? I want to be able to go out. I live here alone.” So they’ve ended up opening. And they’ve flourished. And it’s really wonderful.