Just wanted to give a shout out to the folks who have been diligent in keeping their sidewalks shoveled this year. I appreciate it because I’ve been walking more, not only for the health benefits but because it just feels great to get out of the house for some fresh air. I’m also finding that walking takes only a little more time than driving for quick errands in town and sometimes is actually faster when you consider traffic lights, traffic and finding a parking space.
I live near 5th street and yesterday I walked from my house to a meeting near 2nd Street, a few hours later I walked from 5th Street uptown to get some Chinese food for lunch, then around 6:00 pm I walked up to Foodland to get a few items. So kudos to all businesses and homeowners who have been clearing their sidewalks and keeping our downtown walkable.
There is one big turd in the punchbowl: Family Dollar. Their sidewalk has been full of ice and snow every time I’ve been down that way this winter. And it’s not like they can’t afford shovel it because they are owned SKM Partners, a huge New York private equity firm that also owns Dollar Tree. Also, they don’t contribute to community events and aren’t members of the chamber. There are plenty of stores like Cox Market and Foodland that are locally owned and more worthy of your support.