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Advocate editorial board opinion: Community input will help develop strategic plan

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
July 11, 2011 at 2:11 a.m.


Victoria has a lot of pieces needed to be a Main Street city. That's the personal view of Main Street Manager Mike Sigg.

But that's Sigg's point of view. He insists that the community have input on what problems downtown might have. Some problems might be physical while others might just be a bad perception.

The Victoria Main Street Program has a survey for the community's input. We think it is important that all residents and neighboring communities take the survey because the information gathered from the survey will be used to create a strategic plan to make the improvements that are suggested.

Much talk and work has been invested in downtown Victoria before the Main Street Program came to town. But the Main Street Program will help take downtown Victoria to the next level of excellence.

So far, downtown Victoria has experienced the installation of new sewer and water mains, new streets, more businesses and, not that long ago, a restored courthouse.

"Victoria has a tremendous number of pieces - theater, Nave Museum, gorgeous square, street-scape and an outstanding courthouse - a lot of cities would die to have," Sigg said.

Sigg said many people have suggestions about something that can be changed physically. Others have perceptions of downtown that might be negative.

"I don't think there's a parking problem, but maybe people think there is. We check it out," Sigg said.

Sigg explained that if a problem is a bad perception, then the perception could be changed by better communication. In the example of not enough parking, more signage pointing to where parking is could dispel that perception.

Also, the Main Street Program is a network in itself in which cities can share problems to find the best solutions.

"We're in a group of thousands of cities nationwide," Sigg noted.

He added that the seven-question survey's suggestions will be taken seriously. He said the survey would only take a few minutes.

Again, on a personal note, Sigg said he thinks downtown needs more places for people to meet, socialize and interact. What do you think?

We urge you to go to victoriamainstreet.org and take the survey. You'll see the survey link on the site's home page.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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