I am saddened to see that the downtown organization is angling for another study and ‘business plan' for the historic district of town. The money would be better spent in cleaning up the filthy sidewalks that front bars and restaurants that use the public conveyances as an extension of their serving area. At one establishment, it looks as if a herd of pigs have been corralled between the ropes and the door, with greasy paths leading in and out. The sidewalks did not look that bad even in the days of front street bars and the bottle-throwin', staggering dizzy days of old Pow Wow. I communicated my disgust in June 2019 to Ms. (Terry) Madeksza with no response.
I was on the former historic Sites commission when the Railroad Historic District was nominated and approved. I had no idea that downtown could not thrive with the new insight, planning and attention it received with that coveted designation. Along with the dirty sidewalks and fees for parking, it is not worth the trip down there anymore, and is apparent to me that public outreach and market studies will be a waste of time if these simple problems are not addressed.
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