Vibrant downtown is vital
To the editor:
Business and property owners: Think about this. . . .
No more facade renovation grants
No more state or regional promotion
No more highway billboards
No more pocket parks
No Christmas tree
No Christmas parade
No parlor tour
No fall festival
No cowboy poetry
No Taste of Baker
No Paint Your Wagon
No kids bike races
No downtown trick or treat
No duck races
No street dance
No more streetscape (garbage cans, benches, planters, banners)
No Historic Baker City Inc director (Ann Mehaffy)
There are many more "perks" that come with having a vibrant and alive downtown association; the ones I've mentioned here are the most obvious.
It would be devastating to our downtown economy if the EID were to fail. We count on all the downtown activities to help promote our business and then, as with the trickle down theory, I spend my income locally at hair salons, grocery stores, cell phone providers, Internet service providers, insurance companies, car dealerships, restaurants, bike shops, newspapers, banks, plumbers, appliance stores, furniture stores, etc. You get the idea. Just because you don't see the dollar come into your store during an event, it's the trickle down!
Please support the EID renewal. I would also like to urge all past HBC presidents to let everyone know how important the EID is.