Happened to drive by the downtown Long Beach waterfront this morning for the first time in forever. I'm talking about the area adjacent to the convention center and the Aquarium of the Pacific, where there's all sorts of freshly finished construction. It looks like downtown Disney or the Universal Citywalk spawned a clone in Long Beach.
Driving along Shoreline Drive, I saw a Gladstone's, a PF Chang, and a few more corporate chain restaurants. Had I stopped and walked around, would there be some interesting independents in this shopping mall by the sea?