Wednesday, March 30, 2011
THE GUARDIAN view is the move will take with it 75 jobs out of the downtown core of Caldwell and with it all the demand for goods and services these jobs and people leaving represent to other downtown merchants. This will reduce the number of people eating lunch, going to the barber, beauty shoppes, drug store and grocery store runs.
In the 14 years of Mayor Nancolas' administration of our city we have seen nothing but a steady decline in the viability of downtown Caldwell, even in a time of tremendous growth in Caldwell. Certainly the economy has not helped in the past few years but we have had a huge increase in the population of Caldwell since the 2000 census.
THE GUARDIAN often wonders what downtown would look like if the Job Service offices, the VA Clinic, the Vehicle and Drivers license offices, the Vineyard Suites apartments for seniors, and if he had managed to keep the SW District Health people in our downtown. One reader made the comment about the Nancolas plan is "if we build it they will come". We have to wonder what downtown would look like if Urban Renewal tax dollars were used to actually renew downtown? One of the big issues with redevelopment is all of the code restrictions placed on old non-conforming buildings and the never ending list of "things" imposed on people interested in opening a business downtown.
The window of opportunity in downtown Caldwell is rapidly closing along with the remaining businesses downtown.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 1:32 PM