Recently there’s been much ado about Beverly Hills merchants’ concerns about the potential impact of the subway on the Rodeo Drive area.
But in other cities, luxury retailers and subway stations are clearly not mutually exclusive. It is this author’s opinion, as a Beverly Hills resident who deeply cares about the future of this city, that the subway stop will be a very positive development for businesses, residents, and commuters.
Let’s look at a few other cities to see how, indeed, a subway station certainly does not mean the demise of a thriving luxury retail district.
Washington, DC: The Collection at Chevy Chase, described in the Washington Post and other papers as Washington’s equivalent of Rodeo Drive, was recently built at a location that is less than 400 feet from a subway entrance. Bulgari, Dior, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, Ralph Lauren, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co., Barneys Co-Op, etc., all peacefully co-exist with the subway steps away. (View their website or Wikipedia page.)
The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company’s international headquarters is across the street from another subway escalator at the same station. The upscale Mazza Gallerie (Neiman Marcus, Williams Sonoma, etc.) shopping center has its own directly connected escalator to the Metro.
Paris: Paris’ Louis Vuitton flagship on Champs-Élysées has a subway stop at the intersection where the flagship store is locatied (map), and one of the world’s leading hotels, the Four Seasons Hotel George V, is a short walk from there. Elsewhere in Paris, The Ritz Hotel Paris and the the fashion, tabletop, and perfume boutiques Place Vendôme are surrounded by not one but SEVEN subway stops within a 5-10 minute walk (Google Maps):
London: If we sample a couple spots in London, we see a similar pattern. London’s Sloane Street is bordered by two Underground stations, one at each end (see Google Maps)
And Bond Street has four stations nearby:
Subway stops and luxury retail are not mutually exclusive. Subway stops are an incredible asset for communities. Let’s not fear the subway here in Beverly Hills.
(Photo source: Collection at Chevy Chase photo by the developer (modified by Angelenos Against Gridlock). No endorsement by any company implied.)