Westwood was known in the 1960s and 1970s to be an affluent, safe hotspot with department stores and theaters where families could spend their evenings, said Steve Sann, chair of the Westwood Community Council.
But now, many of the businesses that set up shop in the area close within a few months or years.
Landlords and business owners in Westwood often dispute why businesses don't succeed.
Manymerchants point to high rent on commercial properties, and somelandlords point to regulations dictating how they can lease their land.
The Village lost many longstanding businesses during the 1970s, when parking concerns and less expensive merchants, like yogurt stores and T-shirt shops, took some of Westwood's charm away, Sann
But when a stray bullet in a 1988 gang shooting killed a 27-year-old woman after she
was shot on Broxton Avenue, the Village's popularity plummeted.
One reason for low foot traffic is a lack of variety in Westwood's retail offerings, Sann
"Who wants to go where there's only one choice?
That's what's missing right now," he