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Number 1, very racist comment by a "part time" public official. 2, it would appear that the "planning commission" can be anti-business when you consider downtown being "the Central Business" district. 3, A ongoing concern regarding "the Central Business District" is the individuals involved in the planning, development process, etc. You have "part time" officials trying to do a job that requires "full time", qualified individuals make decisions that is for the greater good. Are the existing business owners downtown actively involved in the planning and development process? If not, they should be. A "blend" of business is good in your business district if its sustainable in the market place. I would suggest interested parties take a trip to Akron and visit their business district. Not rocket science, but take the individuals with the capacity and competency to make it happen. Downtown is better but stories like this makes you wonder. ( My 2 cents)
March 25, 2013 at 11:43 a.m.