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