EDITORIAL: Downtown dollars

Council has done its part to help downtown, now businesses, building owners and the public have to do theirs.

It’s been a long wait for local business owners and advocates for the downtown core.

Wednesday’s council decision to invest $3.5 million into streetscape improvements along Mission’s First Avenue is a huge step in the right direction towards revitalization.

And while this initiative is important, it is still just the first of many that are required to transform the downtown into the public gathering place that is so needed in this community.

Council has done its part – now businesses, building owners and the public have to do theirs.

New decorative sidewalks and lighting may help to make downtown more attractive, but it does nothing to improve the look of some of the older buildings that are also in need of a facelift.

Many businesses are doing all they can to present a professional, approachable storefront. However, there are some building owners that have let the structures become shabby.

In order for the revitalization of downtown Mission to work, several other things need to happen.

Building owners have to see the benefit of the proposed improvements and take the initiative to repair and maintain their properties.

New businesses have to be sold on the potential of a new and improved downtown.

Most importantly, the public has to support the endeavour.

Downtown relies on foot traffic and as long as shoppers are driving across the bridge to buy goods, merchants will struggle.

By announcing this financial commitment to the downtown, council is starting down the path towards revitalization. Let’s hope everyone else involved follows.

 

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Man in mid-20s killed in targeted shooting in Abbotsford

Location of shooting the same as where innocent bystander Ping Shun Ao killed in 2015

‘Compassion club’ operator loses bid to have pot-trafficking charges thrown out

Bob Woolsey of Mission argues that laws were not valid at the time of alleged offences

Location eyed for possible collector well

New estimate puts price tag of new water source at $81 million

Police investigate sexual assault of teen girl in Abbotsford

Incident occurred Wednesday night along Oriole Crescent

Bad behaviour to lead to expulsion at Abbotsford council

New rules lay out how a member can be booted from a meeting

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Giants fall in six-round shootout

Visiting Victoria squad beats Vancouver 4-3 at Langley Events Centre

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Police arrest pair after ‘high-risk vehicle takedown’

Vancouver police say replica handgun found in alleged suspects’ vehicle

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

Most Read