Main Street will be beneficial Victoria investment

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 6, 2010 at 3:06 a.m.
Updated Aug. 7, 2010 at 3:07 a.m.

The question in the form of an Advocate headline Monday was, "Is it time to join Main Street?" We emphatically respond with "Yes."

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: The Texas Historical Commission's Urban Main Street Program and any other projects, efforts to promote Victoria, its downtown and the area, are good investments.

And that is the key word: investment.

Yes, the city would have to pony up half of the Main Street budget - $65,050 the first year. The city's shared amount with private business and other funding graduates to $72,200 by year five. No doubt that the current economy is at a low, but a 50-50 partnership with business to implement this program is a great bargain.

We maintain that Main Street is an investment, not an expense for the city.

The money invested in the program will come back in sales tax, tourism, marketing and improved infrastructure downtown, not to mention preservation of the rich history Victoria uniquely has.

Good examples of Main Street successes are Goliad, Cuero and Beeville. The Main Street Urban Program includes the cities of Denton, Laredo, Amarillo and Conroe. The program is not a new idea - it has proven to be advantageous and beneficial economically. We should join and participate in a program that helps promote our city.

Already, the city has invested $40 million in downtown upgrades.

We also see the university expansion, new schools and other business prospects developing.

All of this will spell success for our well being and the economy.

Yes, we should embrace the Main Street Urban Program to benefit the community. We applaud the council members who voted to do just that.

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



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