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What’s the most important thing a downtown area needs to be successful?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 13, 2016

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“I think not only getting customers to come down all the time, but an association of merchants working together, working so well and supporting each other.”

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“It’s a combination of environment, people and the kind of stores you have to bring people in. I don’t think it’s just one thing.”

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“The taste of the city. One of the main reasons I moved to Lawrence is what Lawrence is.”

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“A good variety of shops and activities to do. It keeps people here, keeps people happy.”

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Michelle Reynolds 1 year, 7 months ago

I love going downtown. But the stores need to be open at night, open sooner weekend mornings, and open Friday and Saturday night. Be open when the people that work 8-5 M-F can shop.

Jerome Bradley 1 year, 7 months ago

Somewhere that sells fresh produce. Doesn't have to be a big place, but something would be nice.

Scott Callahan 1 year, 7 months ago

More porn shops and liquor stores. Every good downtown has those.

Bob Smith 1 year, 7 months ago

We'll all come down to the bus station to say good-bye when you move away.....

April Baker 1 year, 7 months ago

Small businesses with less interference from the city. If someone wants to find a way to profit with less overhead the city shouldn't create codes that make this more difficult. If one wants to sell pita's from a small stand at peak bar hours the city shouldn't create a code that overtly shows favoritism to the pita shop with the most overhead...

Thomas Bryce Jr. 1 year, 7 months ago

Absolutely, Ron! What good is a downtown shopping and entertainment area when the average person has little or no money to spend there?

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