Planning a village

There are 2 comments on the Cape Cod Times story from Jan 3, 2008, titled Planning a village. In it, Cape Cod Times reports that:

So far, Eastham officials and volunteer committee members are doing everything right as they methodically and carefully plan what could become a new town center - a mini version of Mashpee Commons. via Cape Cod Times

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Since: Dec 07

East Lyme, CT

#1 Jan 4, 2008
And the planning committee has asked the selectmen to hire another consultant to help find an anchor tenant for the property, which is the linchpin of the project's success.
Quote from Story
"The planning committee hopes the town library and the North Eastham post office will consider moving to the new location and become the anchor tenant.

But Eastham needs to think bigger. It needs a major retailer in addition to the post office and library."

I don't believe a "Major Retailer" would ever be in the best intrest of a town like Eastham. The biggest draw to the area comes from people trying to escape that part of todays general society found most anywhere else. The best tenant in my mind would have to do with some form of historical preservation that will boost awareness more than some store you can find almost anywhere. The Cape is one of the founding communities that established our "New World" and one of the very few to have withstood complete overhaul into just another dot on the map. Using that history is what will bring more commerce into the area and create the start of a renewed andventure to those that travel there for the getaway.
Keep in mind, just what does the tourism actually bring? You have people paying massive rents for a week that normally would cover a month or more anywhere else. This should enlighten those that take this for granted. People come there because it is not modernized. They find an escape.

Every town working on a project like this in the area should condider some form of museum depicting the lifes that were led when we first colonized the area. Then look for a location that can be developed somewhere past Mid-Cape for some cost managed cottages. Forget hotels, motels, and the like that take away form the beauty. Rather, build something that is habitable, but as close to what Cape life was like. The structures should have the feel of our original homes. As part of the theme, one could take a page from the "Mystic Seaport" of CT. They have period shops, stores, and people that represented the community in period dress. This would be a benefit to create extra draw, provide specialty shops that enhance the beauty of the area while, and inprove commerce. It will also add more prospective employment to an area where it is limited, but housing is expensive.

Another thing to consider, the Movie that is being released soon will only highlight the area further. This may be of greater undertaking than the original concept, but I believe it would also be more sound.

Oh, one last thing for the locals, imagine if there were such a place for the tourists to spend more time. Wouldn't this be a better way of increasing the traffic to the area without necessarily flooding the roads even more? Once on locatiion, tourists will find themselves enjoying the atmosphere.

It's a thought and it seems no one has posted since September. ;)

South Dennis, MA

#2 Feb 13, 2008
Eastham - the least friendly town on the lower cape. Sour-pusses one and all.

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