Community can generate ideas to improve downtown area

Jan. 9, 2018 at 5:42 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Perhaps it would be interesting, even helpful, if the Advocate began a contest of sorts in which readers would submit ideas for invigorating Victoria's downtown area. This could be a community brainstorming - where all ideas are welcomed. It may happen that someone can build on another's idea and something good may come of it.

Here are some of my own ideas to get the ball rolling:

• Moving sidewalks

• Trolleys within the downtown area

• Trolleys connecting downtown to other attractions, such as the zoo, college, community center and historic area

• Self-directed carts

• Better remote parking

• Covered areas scattered throughout

My feeling is that the more accessible the downtown becomes, both day and night, the more a business will be encouraged to locate downtown.

Advocate readers will probably have ideas about the kinds of businesses that would attract more visitors.

It was a big investment, but I'll bet the city of Houston has no regrets about having built the rail line between their medical center and their downtown area, even if it hasn't been a great financial success.

John P. Ferguson, Victoria


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