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THINK before you bash Pittsboro

By Sue DeNimm
Posted Tuesday, September 26, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - I've seen many posts on the chatlist about, the "lack of stores" and "dirty storefronts" in downtown Pittsboro.

Then I read things like, "Does the mayor have any plans for the downtown area?" and I feel like people don't realize that all the downtown buildings are privately owned and operated. No beautification committee will make any differences when it comes to sprucing up private property. Doing business with stores in distress however will.

The only thing I could see that local government could do to help downtown Pittsboro, is a possible tax incentive for existing and new businesses. But as I see it, unless you can offer a mass amount of jobs, and generate big-box like tax base, those kind of incentives are out of reach for small entrepreneurs.

If you want to see changes in downtown Pittsboro, put your money where your mouth is. I hear a lot of talk around town about BUYING LOCAL, but all I see is businesses like Sparkle Devine, Carolina Hardware & North American Video closing up.

Downtown can't survive on the tourists dollar. Just as a child is a reflection of the parent. What you see when you look at downtown businesses, is a true reflection of it's customers, or lack there of.

I've even seen now where North American Video was in downtown, is now a county government office. That is prime retail real estate, now gone. Imagine how it looks to newcomers to see a prime spot in Pittsboro retail space, so destitute that the county Parks and Recreation could use the spot for their offices.

I urge everyone who complains about the lack of downtown shops, to put their money where their mouth is and open a shop or restaurant downtown.

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