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Attacks, pandemic a ‘gut punch’ for famed Chicago district

By Michael Tarm | 13 August 2020

ASSOCIATED PRESS — Neil Mehra’s cigar shop just off Chicago’s Michigan Avenue wouldn’t normally share much in common with big brand-name stores such as Tiffany’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, whose boutiques sit on the choicest spots on the city’s most iconic street.

But this week they share foreboding over whether the economics and reputation of one of America’s most prestigious shopping districts can rebound from damage done by hours of looting Monday in and around the mile-long strip known as the Magnificent Mile.

Mehra’s Hubbard & State Cigar Shop was hit by similar smash-and-grab attacks in late May, when some took advantage of protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis to break into stores. Monday’s looting came as businesses had begun reopening amid pandemic-related disruptions. […]

1 Comment on Attacks, pandemic a ‘gut punch’ for famed Chicago district

  1. IL has extremely high taxes, an imploding public pension system, and its population declines every year — just a couple of miles south and west of the ‘Magnificent Mile’ are some of the most murderous areas in America — so it was only a matter of time.

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