Neighborhood Business

We need to encourage the well-being of neighborhood business districts.  We need to find more ways to encourage and even subsidize the remodeling of outdated structures and functional hardware. The city loses tax revenue when a neighborhood business deteriorates.  The city gains tax revenue when neighborhood businesses thrive. The city government, in essence, is a silent partner in neighborhood business districts.  These buildings are privately owned but also are a part of the community and will affect the surrounding neighborhood and the rest of the city long after the present owner is gone.   We should not be adverse to helping to preserve the functional vitality of our neighborhood business property.   We need to help neighborhood business districts develop better parking.  We need to encourage them to advertise in the surrounding neighborhood and become a more dynamic part of the neighborhood social activity.

(A problem and solution suggested by our daughter Rhonda 3/7/17)
PROBLEM: One of problems of a business in a neighborhood run by someone who does not live in the neighborhood where they do business is that they do not have a social connection to the people in the neighborhood. If they are not of an ethnic, or income group the same as the neighborhood, it is especially difficult for the business to respond and reflect the needs of the neighborhood and be an example and encouragement to the population in that neighborhood.


SOLUTION:  I believe that the City should give a tax incentive to business owners who open a business in a neighborhood where they live, and continue to live in that neighborhood.


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