Gainesville officials want to fill sh...

Gainesville officials want to fill shops on square

There are 1 comment on the The Times story from Feb 26, 2011, titled Gainesville officials want to fill shops on square. In it, The Times reports that:

February 26, 2011 12:58 a.m. Gainesville City Council members are turning their eyes toward downtown retail, urging city staff and Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce employees to fill empty storefronts.

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DUB

Since: Mar 08

North East Ga

#1 Feb 26, 2011
Again old Georgie Boy has no clue. He speaks of business on the square like it's the merchants and patrons who are the cause of the problem.
Well listen up Georgie... The problem is you and the rest of the antiquated city council.
When people who have been on the council for lets say 30+ years, and in those 30 years have continually been unable to keep businesses on the square, all the while being asked to change the rules, you got to think it's the council. Merchants and patrons have been begging for years to have sales rules on the square and in midtown changed. And for years the answer has been NO. Why? Because in the Wangaman's and Hamrick's opinion, they want to maintain the small town feel of Gainesville from the 60's and 70's. At least that was the quote they have always given when approached before. The counicl refuses to change for progress toward the future, and choses to remain in the past but want to blame the world for the cost.
Look at the city finances, they cry and moan because they need to raise taxes and stop programs, then not two days later they release the city has a 4.5 million dollar surplus.
They deny employees not only promised raises and benifits, they actually raise employee contributions for benefits and then ask the employees to do more for less.
Then to top it all off, the council releases the news that they have more money than needed for projects so, instead of putting that money toward cut programs and promises, they make up new projects that no one needs and hopes that you forget the lost programs and broken promises of yesterday.
Gotta love the retards, I mean Council, who has the whole city's interest in mind.

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