LETTER: Streetscape bonds will not work

Aug. 14, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

To the Editor:

Streetscapes do not bring businesses or customers to any downtown area. We have proof of this in our own downtown Sanford. Chatham Street between Carthage and Wicker is a streetscape area. These buildings have been painted, received new awnings, have nice sidewalks and beautiful trees. And what is the result? Four out of 10 buildings are empty.

If we bring $6.5 million in streetscapes to downtown Sanford and Jonesboro, is that what we can count on? To make matters worse, the city does not even have any real plans for streetscapes. They only have concepts on the websites.

I will not be voting for the streetscape bonds because they will not work and will simply increase my taxes for nothing. Please vote no to these bonds.

Robin Goodwin

Sanford