Hi gand –
First – I don’t know how many people in all of the small towns understand what
you’re talking about –
that many small businesses have been DENIED loans sufficient to keep them going.
And too many of the stores which have opened in our town have been based on nonsense.
Basically, they fill no NEED of the occupants.
I’ve written about this before – that my own town and four surrounding towns are facing
something like 1/3rd of the stores being empty.
Our new female Democratic Mayor wrote this week in one of our town newspapers
that the problem for our town is in creating “foot traffic” for businesses.
Most often, the answer seems to be that the town run “festivals” and “fairs” which
closes the center of town for most of a Sunday (usually slow anyway) – but which
also does bring in a considerable number of parents with children.
Sometimes it’s antique car shows – sometimes it’s jazz on the streets on a summer night –
that kind of thing.
But, there was never any need for this nonsense when the town was thriving – and it
was thriving because we had stores based on NEED of the occupants of the town.
People came into town primarily to get something they needed. They might stop at
the one or two restaurants we had in town while they were out to get something if they
were hungry – but that wasn’t the purpose of the visit.
And that’s where we come to the end of the line of capitalism because the property is
now worth more than the business – and the owner obviously knows that.
Yet – when I worked in real estate I never saw a deed signed by “The creator” so not
sure how “private property” can continue to sell out the Commonwealth.
The members of the Commonwealth, at the least, would have to approve it, right?
Citizens are also paying almost $400,000 a year for the “advice” of a “Downtown”
planning group which has mainly put large flower pots on the street corners and
outside of the stores.
And the Republican control over the town has filled any open space that occurred
over the last 15 years or so with CORPORATE CHAIN STORES . . .
They also spent $100,000 of citizens money for a study for raised parking – can’t
think of the name of it at the moment – obviously to bring more people from outside
the town into the town. Naturally, no one in the town wanted it and fortunately it
Nothing wrong with bringing people from other towns in to shop – we’ve always had
that with the Haynes here which later became Lord & Taylor which has now changed
hands again (about the 3rd time now, I think) but Hudson Bay still controls the property.
And none of those stores are looking for the kind of regular, everyday traffic
that a small town provides – they are looking for the towns to begin to pull in
the kinds of crowds that they profit from in the Malls . . . .
which it seems the public is abandoning.
PS: What they did do to the parking was rather than continuing with a parking lot
where you drove in and got a ticket from an attendant which we had for about 2 years,
they put in the Pay Station kind of thing which in my experience with it seldom works
as either the machine is out of change and you have to settle for what you’re being
charged, or you can’t read the directions because of SUN washing out the instructions
and the commands. I avoid town as much as possible.