Atascadero forum is equivalent of a suggestion box on growth
“When you have someone who turns down what Trader Joe's did”
Atascadero leaders should launch an incentive program to encourage new businesses downtown and spruce up the landscaping near Sunken Gardens while they're at it, local entrepreneurs and residents told city officials Thursday morning.
About 30 people -- most either a business owner or a developer -- gathered around conference tables at Atascadero City Hall to tell administrators what they think are the best ways to create a warmer economic climate in the North County community.
A set of undefined incentives to attract new enterprises and a summit among municipal and commercial leaders were at the top of the suggestion list. Other ideas included creating a committee to plan and market community events and planting more trees downtown. Read more
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#1 Feb 15, 2008
Since when is it the taxpayers responsibility to provide landscaping on local business's private property? Although I can agree that our downtown could use some sprucing up, I think local business owners could more profitably lend their support to stopping the construction of the Wal-Mart threatening its ugly head in the north end of our fair city. If Wal-Mart succeeds in its nefarious and underhanded plans to build here, our local businesses are at greater risk of going under. There's already a WalMart in Paso, and we have a Costco in SLO and a Home Depot in Atascadero. While low prices are nice, these big box stores tend to undermine the easy going folksy and rural flavor of this area, which is rather hard to reclaim once these type of businesses get established. Personally I try not to spend my hard-earned money there if I can help it.
And while I'm at it, I'd like to put in my 2 cents worth about all these LA and Bay Area transplants who come up here for the rural atmosphere and then help make it urbanized like the places they came from. Like the folks who buy a house near a stockyard because of the way the area looks and then complain about the smell and whine to our elected officials to close the stockyard.
Mark Twain once said "I'm in favor of progress, but there's way too much of it"
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