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"Combined, they could effectively shut down any new commercial or retail development."
Hardly.... flooded markets and massive economic displacement = funerals by way of reckless economics supported by hasty decisions.
Instead interested parties would only take a little more time to rehab and/or blend in to a particular architecture that has gone missing from most all new Lawrence development in recent years.
This historical architecture is charming, retains value, is warm and natural that to this day receives compliments and draws people to downtown Lawrence.
So many other cities on the planet have restored old neighborhoods which can certainly bring
sweet market value. Re-use and restore compliments most small towns and cities.
Create downtown into a beautiful landscape wonderland then observe new economic growth as the result. Re-use, restore and downtown landscape development for a pleasurable experience.
Make more with what we have = keeps tax dollar increases in check. People are not impressed with new buildings all over the place because it is evidence of irresponsible planning and reckless spending. Shiny new buildings are not beautiful.
More beautiful landscaping is so much more pleasant.
Downtown retailers push for more events events on Mass Street. Times have changed. Keeping people/events on Mass Street retains potential sales on Mass street. Taking people away from Mass Street effectively removes maximum sales potential.
--- Why not move the Farmers Market to the 800 block of Mass Street on Saturday mornings? They open early and shut down by 11AM.
--- Retail hours 11 - 8 PM Retail Lawrence does not seem to get moving much before 11 A.M.
--- Put together an annual “nationally advertised” art fair for Mass Street opening with a VanGO parade. In addition to our Art in the Park venues.
--- Why not a regionally advertised annual Mass Street Fair consisting of local/regional growers,craftsman,artists,brewers plus many cultural events like music scheduled throughout the community.
I wish we could have gotten a good discussion going about this editorial. It was interesting and brought up several points that were worth discussing.
Do people just give up because merrill posts early and often?
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