are here to help provide a solution to the problem of
a decades-long trend -- the deterioration of the downtown
business district of our community.
PROBLEM: WHAT HAPPENED TO MAIN STREET?
neighborhood business district is no longer the primary
provider of goods and services to our community. Our
commercial core now suffers from a complicated cycle
of disinvestment: with businesses leaving, rental rates
slip and property owners have less to invest in their
buildings, giving the district a shabby, uncared-for
appearance and making it even hard to attract new businesses.
SOLUTION: A BUSINESS ALLY:
BRIGHTON MAIN STREETS
Main Street businesses need an ally to help them survive
and prosper in this changed environment. Our organization
believes there is hope for great success because there
are trends and assets that currently support rejuvenation
of our Main Street.
customers are tired of the homogeneity and impersonality
of shopping malls and chain stores. Our community
residents value personal attention, name recognition,
and exemplary service -- just what our core business
district can provide!
communitys core represents a substantial share
of its economy -- its jobs, its tax base, its municipal
investment, its businesses. In many traditional communities,
the central business district accounts for as much
as 30% of the towns jobs and 40% of its tax
consumers are more mobile today than several decades
ago, the market area that our neighborhood district
can potentially serve is much greater than it used
more and more consumers are using the Internet to
find unique and local services, our local businesses
can use the Internet to expand their reach.
and more Americans enjoy visiting historic places
-- not just for vacation but also for everyday shopping
and leisure activities. Our traditional community
center has a unique history
worthy of exploration.