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"Actually, this is a very handsome stretch of Broadway, if you look above the retail to see the old hotel and commercial buildings that line it. Theodore Dreiser writes of it in Sister Carrie as an opulent theater and shopping venue, dazzling to the Mid-Westerner on her arrival in New York. There's lots of evidence of its former grandeur above the first floor. And the proportions of the street are good, too. Narrower than it is uptown, with a nice relationship between building heights and street width, this section of Broadway is comfortably scaled to the pedestrian." [Crappy Part of Broadway Will Suffer Hipster Invasion]