Andersonville is very happy to welcome residents, shoppers and all-around Andersonville lovers alike to 2012. In addition to our usual slate of great annual events, shopping and dining, the Andersonville Chamber and the Development Corporation have some new ideas in the works this year. Look for improvements to Green Week that will really get local brew masters bubbling with excitement, much needed additions to our local biking infrastructure and a new benefit to honor all that our local businesses and property owners do to make Andersonville the amazing neighborhood we know and love.
In addition to building on new data from the 2011-2012 Consumer Survey (thank you to the over 1,000 respondents!), our organizations will continue to focus on attracting and retaining Andersonville businesses in 2012. While we were certainly sorry to see some businesses go in 2011, we know that every business has its own story and so we wish past, current and future Andersonville businesses all the best in 2012. This year promises to bring some new life to Clark Street as major developments like the new Jerry's Sandwiches start to get underway. The commercial district is also abuzz with prospective new tenants ranging from casual restaurants and clothing retailers to theater groups and upscale dining.
A special thanks to all the shoppers, dinners and local residents who took the time to support an Andersonville business in 2011. Already some local businesses have indicated to us that this holiday season was a much needed success for them. We hope that folks will continue to show their support and do their part to shop local. While economic struggles are still an immediate reality, the success Andersonville has seen in overcoming these obstacles is because of the strength and commitment of so many members of our community. As we move forward, let's continue to be positive about the future of our neighborhood, invest in our community and make Andersonville the model of a local, living economy.