By: Diane Benjamin
YMCA, State Farm, and now Specs Around Town are just some businesses who have or will be leaving downtown Bloomington.
City of Bloomington: Whatever you are doing is causing flight from downtown.
Downtown is for bars, restaurants, lawyers, and government. Until Bloomington quits trying to make downtown something it isn’t, the few businesses left will continue to flee. The “right fit” is no longer an option. If government gets out of the way some boutique type stores might pop up because rent is cheap.
Hint: Spending millions on a bus transfer station isn’t going to help. People don’t ride the bus because they have money burning a hole in their pockets to spend downtown. The massive bus subsidies will end at some point and so will the local bus service as it exists today. You will only be creating another empty build downtown.
Bloomington blew their money on the Coliseum and BCPA. Both are losers and both do nothing to increase traffic downtown. Both should send a clear message that government doesn’t create prosperity. Both bleed money from the City coffers, the Creativity Center will be no different. Where are the thousands the Visitor’s Center was supposed to bring downtown?
Bloomington’s government must admit they failed. The proof is overwhelming. If John Butler and company get off on all charges, the Council members who didn’t listen to definitive proof of malfeasance need to get out of town – just like David Hales did. Questions are already popping up about why you all aren’t charged with official misconduct!
Cut your losses and the wasting of money taxpayers had to work hard for. You are looking worse than incompetent. Fire your downtown staff. The DBA failed, putting them on staff with pensions and benefits just made the losses worse.
Anybody at the City with a little common sense?
This is also more proof mayors should never attend the US Conference of Mayors where the losing philosophies like downtown are ingrained.