By SHANNON WATKINS
Sometimes the best news isn’t what people are doing in the community, but what they’re thinking. We present a new feature to you about just that, giving you their answers to a single question.
So far we’ve focused on the idea of improving downtown Pulaski and what the average citizen thinks, but today we’ve put the idea of improving downtown to store owners. Here’s what they had to say.
Q: How would you feel if the town government imposed stricter regulations on how you must maintain your business as part of a downtown improvement plan?
Yolanda Hunter-Bulls, owner of Lis de la Valle: “I am not opposed to that. In your residential areas, you have standards to meet. I think there should be in downtown as well. I’m just concerned about who exactly would impose this.”
Shirley Bandy, owner of Pulaski Country Store: “I think it would be great. Yes, it would be money people would have to spend, but I think it’d be great.”
Danny Shaver, co-owner of Grandma & Grandpa’s Place: “I’m all for it. Especially in the historical areas. If you don’t maintain those, you will have nothing to remember a hundred years from now. This is not just the town’s responsibility. It’s also the county supervisors’ because this is the county seat.”
Judi Shaver, co-owner of Grandma & Grandpa’s Place: “Part of me says they need stricter regulations and to enforce it; part of me thinks they [town government] need to stay out of it. The owners of buildings should care enough about them to make them look decent.”
Graham Claytor, owner of Preservation Services: “I would love to see that. The appearance of West Main Street is one of dilapidated approaching abandonment.”
Sandra Hicks, owner of Second Time Around: “I think it would be a great idea. If the store isn’t nice and clean and the outside doesn’t look good, nobody will come in. In order to revitalize this area, it’s going to have to look good.”
Threasa Copeland, owner of Peak Creek Mercantile: “I don’t think they should govern it. I think the community as a while should work together.”
One final suggestion for improvement, not asked in our question but echoed by more than one person:
Mike Campbell, owner of Zapmaster Computer Repair: “Two-way traffic is needed here. People get lost. We need that for easy access for visitors.”