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Filling Downtown's Vacancies


There seems to be a lot of vacancies on Main Street again. How would you fill them?

Christopher Westergard: I have a new idea! I really think this might work. Let's knock down all the current buildings and create city parking lots or build new, ugly buildings. Wait ... it appears someone already is doing that.

Jamie Gadette: More bars and restaurants, including a 24-hour diner!

Ted Scheffler: Two words: Wine bars.

Chelsie Booker: I’d fill that What Were We Thinking Café up again with fake mannequin people dressed in fashion-forward holiday sweaters, constantly drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes—because nothing warms my heart more than such a joyous, albeit creepy, event. Or I’d give Big City Soup their home back.

Matt Engle: We need a red-light district.

Scott Renshaw: Seems like things were pretty hopping during the 2002 Winter Olympics. We just need another international event: Maybe the "Banker and Hedge-Fund Manager Pitchfork Chase." The effigy concession alone would fill a dozen storefronts.

Ben Rosch: First, I would tear them all down. Then, I would realize that I never really had the money to build anything in the first place, and leave gigantic, gaping holes in their place. Is that not the new real estate trend?!

Lia Pretorius: I've noticed there are a lot of us working stiffs downtown, and I'd wager that many are parents. A quality downtown day care and recreation center for the older kids would be a dream—better than more church buildings and courthouses.