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Danville Express

Perspective - September 5, 2008

Letters to the editor

Downtown planners don't 'get it'

Dear Editor:

I'm a longtime resident of Danville and felt that after reading "Selling Downtown" (issue of Aug. 15) I just had to respond.

Many of my neighbors and friends who live, work and play here don't shop in downtown. The reasons are obvious and I'm stunned that your article didn't "get it." The stores ARE expensive!!

Have you not walked into any of the shops on Prospect? Good grief, T-shirts are outrageous, let alone shoes and jeans. There are either garden shops, consignment stores, antique/knickknack stores or overpriced specialty stores. There are far and few stores to shop at reasonable prices for "family."

Danville has absolutely failed to bring in the level of retail vendors that most Danville families need. It's unfortunate, truly unfortunate, that no one gets that. As much as I appreciate the quaint downtown and the variety of restaurants, so far I'm still forced to go elsewhere.

It's also a shame that for as long as I've lived in Danville, a similar fate has kept Blackhawk Plaza empty. It has been a great place to stroll with young children and feed the ducks but it's a much better park than a shopping experience. It's too bad, Danville as a whole has so much to offer - great schools, great families, a terrific city plan - with the Livery and its walkways and not too far off the downtown tree-lined streets. But retail just can't seem to find its way in.

I would, however, like to add that aside from the lack of shopping downtown, Danville is a great place to call home.

D. Mullan, Danville

Comments

Posted by CDSI Courtesy, a resident of another community
on Sep 5, 2008 at 9:06 am

Dear Editor,

D. Mullan's comments are backed by independent studies of Danville's business centers. Commercial funding organizations have access to in-depth studies that detail the lack of anchor retail in the Old Town and elsewhere to justify further investment in retail, commercial, professional and hospitality operations in Old Town, Blackhawk, Livery or disconnected, small centers.

In a recent study distribution to a group of commercial real estate investors, Danville's Old Town was noted to have the potential of Walnut Creek's North Main Street shopping area, but lacks the major anchor stores to be center of demand for shoppers. Specifically, the area north of Diablo Road from Railroad to the creek was specified as needing renovation to major retail space. The same was noted for the area from Hartz Way to the Livery including rejuvenation of the livery and the McCaulou's area.

PR by Danville and its chamber does not create actual success for shopping. Reality demands rejuvenation and connection of OLD TOWN shops with anchor retail and hospitality.

Growth investment will not come until such consolidated plan is ready for execution.

Hal Bailey
Member, CDSI Research Fellowship
Principal: HSVT source capital funds


Posted by A downtown Danville Resident, a resident of Danville
on Sep 5, 2008 at 1:43 pm

"In a recent study distribution to a group of commercial real estate investors, Danville's Old Town was noted to have the potential of Walnut Creek's North Main Street shopping area"

Walnut Creek? North Main? Are you kidding? That represents more than potential. It assures overcrowing, crime and parking issues.

No thanks.