1. The article contains comments about Council moving forward despite a majority disagreeing with the plan. Does this sound familiar to anyone else out there? (can you say deer hunt?) The following is a quote from the article:
"John Coffman of Coffman's Realty, who attended the hearing, said while he appreciates the chance for property owners to speak their minds, he finds it interesting that the council decided to move forward with the project even after the majority of property owners at the hearing were against it."
2. Most business owners feel that the street scape is not the issue and the article mentions parking as the primary concern
I believe it is admirable that the city is working to create a more beautiful area - look at the benefits in the Mustard Seed but we lost Fort Thomas Wine and Spirits, Ciani's, Warners, and Gallery Zaum. That is not a good return on investment. . Despite the how much nicer it may look, all the investment there has done nothing to bring new businesses to the area. We have added the
There must be other reasons why businesses are not thriving beyond street scapes. This could include the absentee, HUD housing that exists next door to the Midway Cafe that attracts the wrong kind of residents to a key retail area. This also could include parking, or lack of support for business owners such as being hard to work with for permits, inspections,
I hope that the quote:
Martin said outside the project, the city staff plans to continue working to develop parking in the area, which may require asking council for funds to buy some private property to turn into a parking lot.
indicates that they will look seriously at purchasing the old store fronts next to the Midway so more parking is provided and at the same time removes blight.