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What Should Occupy Verrilli Bakery?

'Occupy This Space' returns!

It's a space that appears frozen in time.

A sign indicates the business is open for customers. Two cups of coffee rest on the counter, never to be sipped again, while waiting for fresh-baked loaves of bread to be bagged and rung up at the counter.

The space formerly home to Verrilli Bakery has been vacant for a while. Located at the corner of George Street and Martin Luther King Avenue, it shares company with several other vacant properties in that area, including just down George Street, right before the Market Street Mission Thrift Store. Unlike that carved out shell, the Verrilli location fronts a relatively busy thoroughfare, in an area in need of reclamation of lost commerce.

So, in this special one-off edition of "Occupy This Space," we're asking: What should occupy the old Verrilli Bakery location? Chime in below.

djd4515 January 08, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Let's start with a Police Sub Station, will save a lot of gas.
The Mud Lady January 08, 2013 at 12:27 PM
It's a lovely location.
Back in Mo'town January 08, 2013 at 02:43 PM
A substation is a great idea in theory but it would just take away another ratable that this town's people cannot afford.
djd4515 January 08, 2013 at 02:47 PM
OK, Forget the Sub Station, let's go opposite side of Universe, Medical Marijuana Cooperative would be perfect there...
Cletus January 08, 2013 at 04:58 PM
"Two cups of coffee rest on the counter, never to be sipped again, while waiting for fresh-baked loaves of bread to be bagged and rung up at the counter." Oh, dear, these poor, sentient cups don't know the joint is closed? They must go on, they can't go on, they'll go on.
Janet Blanchard January 08, 2013 at 05:19 PM
A teen center, somewhere for our children to hang out at and have some fun. Pool tables, ping-pong, and some pinball machines. Something like an arcade, maybe with a snack bar.
Back in Mo'town January 08, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Taking away more ratable? Oh no, sorry, but "it's for the kids"!
Shooter McGavin January 08, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Sounds like you want to build a time machine, Janet. It isnt 1978.
Rose Farrell January 08, 2013 at 06:59 PM
I think 1978 was a very good year...back when I was in the 7th grade and watching "Happy Days"... I really like your idea, Janet. There really aren't places for youngsters to congregate and enjoy some good, clean fun.
Janet Blanchard January 08, 2013 at 07:02 PM
@back in Motown, if the kids have somewhere to go maybe they would stop doing some of the stupid things they are doing to get locked up. @Shooter McGavin, I know what year it is. I don't want a time machine, I want somewhere for our youth to go. Maybe then we can get a handle on bullying, teen drugs and teen violents.
John Dunphy January 08, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Actually, Rose, the folks at Teen Pride would beg to differ. Good folks, offering plenty of free programs for kids after school. They don't get noticed quite as much as they should: http://morristown.patch.com/listings/teen-pride
Janet Blanchard January 08, 2013 at 07:04 PM
@Rose, thanks for agreeing. Our teens need sonething of the sorts.
John Dunphy January 08, 2013 at 07:04 PM
And, before a contrarian asks why we have not included information about them on this site: http://morristown.patch.com/blog_posts/teenpride-a-great-local-organization, and http://morristown.patch.com/articles/hip-hop-mini-camp-coming-to-teenpride
Rose Farrell January 08, 2013 at 07:08 PM
John...I know about the wonderful work Teen Pride does do for children...,however, it is a different "type" of place I speak of...where children can go casually after school.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 08, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I think it is a dangerous location.
Cletus January 08, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Really lovely. Pity Monet isn't alive to paint it.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 08, 2013 at 07:50 PM
really bad idea. Kids should not be hanging out, they should be working or training to be working. The economy is going to take a nose dive very soon.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 08, 2013 at 07:52 PM
They don't need a place to go, they need a purpose to fulfill. Hanging out playing pool is not going to teach them how to pay rent or buy food.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 08, 2013 at 07:54 PM
They can go do their home work, or do the house chores for their family, they can try and get a part time job.
Katrina February 05, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Kids can also go to The Original Music School at 26 Morris Street and learn to build ther creativity, discipline and learn the value of delayed gratification while having so much fun they won't realize they are how much they are learing! www.originalmusicschool.com

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