The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 March 2007

Slack to be cut, at least somewhere

I knew that the Planning Commission was getting fussy about historic districts and such, but I had no idea that this provision was in place:

For each structure, the roofing materials visible from the street shall be clay tiles; the exterior of the wall of each building shall be finished in white stucco, the appropriate shades of color to be determined by the Historical Preservation and Landmark Commission.

This applies to everything along the Paseo, the one-time Spanish-flavored shopping district currently being reinvented as an arts and entertainment zone. The Planning Commission has since proposed the deletion of the "white stucco" provision, and will hold a public hearing on the matter. I've never thought the Paseo looked particularly homogeneous, although this may be a function of the twisty topography rather than of architectural variations; it will be interesting to see who jumps up to do a radical makeover once the provision is stricken.

Speaking of architectural variations, is it too much to ask that the CVS store that will replace the Mayfair Market at 50th and May look at least something like the rest of the Mayfair Village complex? It's bad enough that we lose a neighborhood grocery to the ongoing CVS/Walgreens pissing contest — why in the name of Merck the Mighty is it necessary for these chains to chase each other all over the city? — but if this is going to look like the usual soulless Super Pharmacy, I'll just have one more reason never to set foot in the place. (I gave up Eckerd's, which CVS displaced by merger, after they botched up a prescription for one of my maintenance drugs; my one experience with Walgreens was sufficiently annoying to guarantee I'll never go back to them.)

Posted at 12:06 PM to City Scene

The CVS in Mayfair Village now (the small store) lost our business about 8 months ago. The same pharmacist made two mistakes in one week. He's still there, too. I had a prescription that was for 30 10mg pills. Instead, he gave me 30 30mg pills, getting the number and dosage confused and making them both 30. That could be very dangerous. Another was a prescription that was new and contraindicated with another medication in their database for me. The computer caught it and labeled the bottle in large letters: POSSIBLE RISK: CONSULTATION & VERIFICATION REQUIRED BY STATE LAW. He handed it over to me, rang it up and it wasn't until I got home and opened the bag that I saw the label. I called another pharmacy and they said the two drugs together could cause cardiac arrest. (They were from two different doctors.) The Walgreen's pharmacist said, "no excuse." I went back up to CVS and the guy just looked at it and said, "Oh." I said, "no more," and I've never been back. That's a job where mistakes cost lives. Two in one week was too much, and to think he is still there. If he makes 2 in one week with my family, how many are being made with others? Many times it was only him in the pharmacy, too. Walgreen's always has a pharmacist (or two) and several pharmacy technicians. CVS lost my business for good.

Posted by: MikeSwi... at 8:45 PM on 17 March 2007

What I want to know is geez, how much was CVS willing to pay for that spot on the corner? According to the paper, the owners offered to pay twice their existing rent — we're talking upwards of $10k a month — but it wasn't enough to keep the location.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:08 PM on 17 March 2007