So many of the buildings in the downtown area are in need of much care. I will work with the Downtown Improvement Association and building owners and help identify and remove the obstacles for maintaining these buildings. Once we have created homes for the houseless and created viable transportation in and out of the downtown area for them, sidewalk gardens and public seating in the downtown area will be welcomed.
There are several lots in the downtown area, especially across from the Palace Theater, that would be ideal for parking. Monitored parking across from the Palace Theater would entice more patrons into the downtown area in the evenings for not only shows but for dining and shopping. As a council member, I would work with other council members, the mayors office and the police department to have at least two police officers on foot patrol in the downtown area during regular business hours, special events, and during times when crime is most prevalent.