"There's not a tremendous amount of foot traffic around here," says Philip Dubey, owner of Dubey's Art and Antiques, Inc. which occupies 805 to 807 Howard Street.As an antique dealer, Dubey has been quite successful.He
shop from just one store space to tits current 11,000-square foot locale (which includes Antique Row Stalls, LLC
at 809 Howard) and says he
has built a following of connoisseurs from all over the world in his
sixteen years of business.Nevertheless, he
acknowledges that the area is always overlooked.Dubey heads the only business colatition in the area, known as both the Antique Row Association and the Howard-Read-Tyson Street Association.He
admits that there is not enough self-promotion by Read Street and Antique Row merchants and the association itself does not have a large budget which is his
diplomatic way of admitting that the group is not very effective.When it comes to working with the city to help promote the area, Dubey
says most of the dealers do not want to be bothered.
Another problem, says Dubey
, is the overall perception of the neighborhood as unsafe.He
maintains the problem is not the crime, but that the streets are not well lit in the evening.
"How do you convince the people in Homeland, Guilford, Roland Park, and the valleys to come downtown?They think they are going to get mugged and they're not," Dubey