It was kind of funny to read some of the posts from as far back as July 2007. Not much has changed. I wonder if it ever will. Or maybe a better question, if it ever can?
We have all seen many entrepreneurs put lots and lots of their money where their mouth is and started businesses. Only to be hindered and obstructed by the powers that be and then lose it all.
Do they really want change? I think not. Too many hoops to jump through that end up costing way too much to make it worth it. You have the building department, the engineering department, the zoning department, the plumbing department, the landlords, the architectural costs, remodeling costs, equipment costs, new awning costs, etc.
Once you actually complete jumping though all of their hoops and you finally get opened to the public, that's when their fun begins. The patrons complaining about the lack of parking and the city will start enforcing every little ridiculous rule in the book. Remember the news article about shop owners that blinking signs are a violation and they will be fined and you can only put so much signage in the windows and on and on.
It is not as easy as one would think. Very costly and someone risks losing it all if anything goes wrong. Yes, one could argue that anywhere you go you will have hurdles. But the limited amount of problems mentioned that one will encounter in this downtown are probably unique to other places.
I would really love to see downtown thrive and be prosperous. I would love to have it packed with people so it was fun again like in its earlier years before the Malls, when it was the place to go. But it is what it is and I see no change a'comin.