The hope is that the project will improve conditions and facilities in the area, including addressing safety issues and cleanliness, as well as adding to the limited services that are available during daytime hours.
As coronavirus cases surged in Alaska and across the country, Anchorage officials say they were forced to place limits on businesses and everyday life in order to avoid overwhelming hospitals. That decision has been met with both intense criticism and praise. It has also lead to busy Anchorage Assembly meetings with intense crowds.
Stalled contract talks between GCI & Coastal Television and Vision Alaska which provide, FOX, ABC & CW Network programming are at an impasse, leaving GCI customers without some popular programs like NFL playoff football.
Most Anchorage restaurants, like Gwennie’s, are already quieter than usual if open at all. Come Monday, they’ll all be just about empty following the release of Municipal Emergency Order 16, which puts Anchorage back into a hunker-down mode and blocks bars and restaurants from any dine- or drink-in service.
Bernadette Bradley, owner and operator of the longtime Anchorage restaurant and bar Bradley House, says she's been able to make things work thus far, but that she's concerned about the upcoming winter season.
As many Anchorage businesses fight to stay afloat, others have stopped serving customers altogether. Of the latter group, some have closed their doors so that they might hopefully reopen in the future.
Many owners of shops and restaurants in Anchorage are trying to kick-start business while still following local mandates. Several in downtown Anchorage have spilled out on to municipal streets, and in turn, triggered speculation of Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s involvement in their expansions, something the mayor vehemently denies.