We all know how artists revitalize an area and we are seeing that happen here. The Hat Factory will be (eventually) turned into live/work for artists and market rate condos that will subsidize the artists' spaces. There are some galleries and restaurants among the empty lots; HANDS, Inc. owns Hat City Kitchen, which has excellent food, a bar, and jazz/blues and other assorted music. All of the profits go back into Valley Arts district.
Arts Unbound, which will become a courtyard that will connect to the lofts being built next door.
I hope these murals will remain. They are wonderful!