Comment 90484

By ScreenCarp (registered) | Posted July 26, 2013 at 01:44:05 in reply to Comment 90480

Indeed! It's horrific and embarrassing. And weird. I think it's bizarre that all we can get going on on these blocks is Dollar Stores, Money Marts and Government Buildings. This should be prime real estate, and the heart of the Hammer.

We should be wining and dining A list retailers by selling them on our heritage value.
We should be offering tax breaks, grants and flexibility to folks who are committed. We should be helping the Variety Store and the Pizza Place fit in without driving them away. We should encourage the small businesses who will be the agents of change. Heritage grants are a good start, but I think we need to be actively selling and overcome the corrupt, difficult image that we have. We need to be enforcing the worst offenders, and ensure the buildings in the downtown core don't deteriorate and are fully utilized. Stop rewarding empty buildings and parking lots.

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