After reading your comments, a note in the inbox.
Ok. Very interesting input from your readers. Seem to be somewhat younger crowd. We don't want Austin street to look like a mall and that seems to be the consensus. Enough malls around, but those tenants do pay their rent on time..
I've asked to keep a dialogue with this person and he's open to it. He says he owns a "decent amount of space" and is interested in the demographics of the readers of the blog. We're working on a survey to help him with this and will have something on the site early next week.
So maybe nothing will come out of this, but it can't hurt.