Archive for Friday, February 10, 2006

A unique draw

February 10, 2006


To the editor:

I would like to say a very strong "ditto" to Angela Conrad's letter regarding David Schauner's comments regarding "outsourcing" downtown. People living here who haven't been downtown? Why are they here? There are hundreds of places to live if people want chain stores close to home. Living here is an option, not a requirement.

The pricey condominium and arts center are downtown because people want to enjoy the unique downtown area. Who hasn't taken a visitor to our downtown and had them delighted with the vibrancy and dedication to our downtown? Why do shoppers come over from Kansas City? Certainly not to shop at Chico's or the restaurants at Sixth and Wakarusa.

Wonderful stores have left downtown because of rent prices. It is still fun to shop there, but gets less so every day. I would entertain abatements, sensible landlords or other options that encourage and help the small, yet most important, of our retailers that cater to all age groups, not just club-goers.

It's good to have retail out in the community; everyone wants some of that. But keeping our downtown a source of pride, fun, joy and affordability is what I believe most Lawrence citizens consider a priority.


cowboy 12 years, 3 months ago

maybeLawrenceshould consider an incubator area for locally owned non corporate business to maintain the local and creative aspects which have built downtown. This could be in lieu of tax abatements and allow unique retail a chance to get on thier feet , develop a following , and provide the variety of new arts , custom products , and help stem the corporate big box takeover of the area. The best of both worlds is possible with some creative thought. And get the frigging loonies off the streets while your at it !

Kelly Powell 12 years, 3 months ago

We should allow the homeless to sleep down town....but in lieu of rent they must dress up in costumes for the holidays.....I think simon would make a great looking pilgrim, or a santa elf.....We could call this "living art" and probably con some grant money out of it.

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