How to ‘revitalize’ downtown Weatherford

by Sid Johnson

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I read with great interest the front page article in the Sunday, March 13th Weatherford Democrat – “Bringing it back – City leaders seek ways to bring customers, businesses into   downtown”.

Revitalization of downtown Weatherford is an outstanding idea.  The underlying problem with bringing people back to downtown is the lack of parking.

Is this the same “think tank” which provided the wall around the square?

May I suggest one way to solve the parking problem is to use the First Monday grounds.  These grounds are currently used once a month, but our City Council continues to throw money at it, so let’s make that money work for us.

A correct historic way to move people from the parking area to the square is for the city to re-establish the historic 1900’s era electric light rail trolley, of courses, a rubber tire gas replica could be used.

A million dollars is in the current city budget for improvements to the First Monday grounds.

The manager of the Weatherford Main Street program is a city employee.  And much of the Weatherford’s Community Relations manager’s time is spent on downtown issues. Other city senior management devote a portion of their time to the downtown re-development.

All of this for less than 5% of the business in Weatherford, and a smaller percentage if you do not include the professional offices, lawyer, real estate and CPA offices and banks.

2 responses

  1. Yes, Sid, we know you don’t care a whit about our downtown. Many of us do.

  2. Quote – “Revitalization of downtown Weatherford is an outstanding idea”.

    Felmey, does that sound like someone who “don’t care a whit about our downtown”?

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