As everyone who shops downtown on Market Street knows, something changes as you walk past Sixth Street toward Seventh. Suddenly there are vacant stores and graffiti. C.W. Nevius in his column today points out how long it is taking for a comprehensive plan for the area to be put into motion. As the good economic times are fading away, we need to encourage, not discourage more viable business opportunities in the center of the city. Although there has been an advisory committee studying issues in the area for more than ten years, agreement is hard to reach. Conflicting forces of business developers and housing advocates have created gridlock. It’s time for ordinary citizens to put more pressure on city government to insist that something be done to revitalize the “dead zone” as Nevius calls it and insist that all parties compromise to develop a feasible plan.
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