In a few years this is going to be a whole different neighborhood. Once those cranes at 9th/7th and O/P get done and I can finally pick up a little something from the promised giant Giant in 2013. I ran into ANC Alex Padro this weekend and he mentioned that the Kelsey Garden Apartments will be torn down in 2 weeks. I trust Alex but I'll believe it when I see it, as I've heard it before. If the Giant and the slightly smaller Jefferson at Marketplace are done and leased, that's 1.5 blocks of change right there.
Bloomingdale people, esp. around Flagler PL, beware of an aggressive panhandling woman on crack. Bloomingdale is also filled with good neighbors who intervened.