Montavilla Professional Review and Guide
"This up-and-coming little neighborhood, whose name is short for “Mt. Tabor Villa,” has come a long way in recent years. Not too long ago it was at best neglected, at worst avoided, or even considered a little dodgy. As recently as 2008, neighborhood complaints about prostitution problems in the neighborhood—primarily along 82nd Avenue—led the city to form a volunteer advisory committee of concerned citizens to look into eliminating the problem. Prostitution hasn’t gone away, but things generally have been improving for Montavilla, at least in the neighborhood’s main commercial core, along Stark Street from 76th Avenue to 82nd Avenue or so. The farmers’ market here is a big draw for locals as well as folks in other neighborhoods, as are several of the bars and restaurants that have opened up along here, not to mention the movie theater. Local residents have been lobbying for the past couple of years to establish a co-op grocery store in the area, not just for shopping but as an informal neighborhood community center where people could gather and meet each other; a volunteer organization called the Montavilla Food Co-Op is working toward raising funds and gathering info to make the community-owned grocery store idea a reality here. Meanwhile, the whole area is just minutes from the top of Mt. Tabor, an ideal playground and one of the city’s best parks."