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To the editor:
Citizens For Justice, Inc. believes our downtown is
everybody in Lincoln and Logan County's business to help retain, or
to help lose.
If we lose our downtown or board it up, we would lose a sense of
our identity and who we are as a community. It may no longer be the
only option in the community, but downtown Lincoln is much more than
a shopping center.
PLEASE CONSIDER SHOPPING IN LINCOLN AND LOGAN COUNTY
FIRST BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT DOLLARS SPENT IN A COMMUNITY
PASS THROUGH FIVE OR MORE OTHER LOCAL BUSINESSES BEFORE LEAVING
TOWN. WE DESPERATELY NEED TO HELP OURSELVES NOW, MORE THAN EVER.
Here are 10 important reasons we believe Lincoln's downtown
business district is still important.
1. Downtown Lincoln's business district serves as a
prominent employment center.
2. Downtown Lincoln's business district more than any other area
reflects who we are as a community. It pictures community pride, our
image, local prosperity and the level of local investment.
3. Downtown Lincoln's business district represents an important
portion of our community's tax base. We believe if the downtown
district declines, other property values will drop, placing more of
a tax burden on other parts of town.
4. Downtown Lincoln's business district is an ideal location for
independent businesses. They in turn keep profits in town, support
other local businesses and services, who in turn support local
families with family-owned businesses, and support local community
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5. Downtown Lincoln’s business district is the historic core of
this community. Its buildings embody the community's past and its
visual identity. This area can and does attract visitors who want to
experience our town’s unique businesses and their buildings.
6. Downtown Lincoln's business district represents a huge public
and private investment through the years. Imagine how much it would
cost to re-create all of the buildings and public infrastructure in
our downtown Lincoln's business district.
7. A healthy downtown Lincoln business district protects property
values for residential properties too.
8. Downtown Lincoln's business district offers convenience to
those living in apartments located above local downtown businesses,
it is within easy walking distance of residential areas, and it
reduces the reliance on auto-dependent shopping.
9. Downtown Lincoln's business district serves as our local
government center. This is where city hall, the courthouse and post
office are located.
It is also an important service center for finding financial
institutions, insurance offices and local attorneys.
10. Downtown Lincoln's business district provides a place where
members of our community can congregate. Local parades, special
events and celebrations held here reinforce our sense of community
We believe the value of Lincoln's downtown business district
Citizens For Justice, Inc.
Lester C. Van Bibber III
December 21, 2009]
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