Thursday, October 25, 2012
What's It Like Living In Downtown Salisbury?
Let me tell you first hand, it's fantastic.
Considering I spent so much time living and visiting New York City, Salisbury is a breeze. I do not believe most people realize just how many people actually live down here. While most come to Downtown Salisbury to work, most do not get to see the daily traffic after 5:00 PM.
Over the last seven months I have spent a lot of time taking walks around the Downtown area getting to meet the people who live here. I also get to meet a lot of the people who walk through the Downtown area at night.
I often hear people say, I wouldn't walk through Downtown Salisbury at night. My answer is, well, it's your loss then. I have never met a single person out of line. Every single person always says hello, including the homeless walking around the Downtown area. Everyone is courteous and polite.
Yeah, you might get the occasional, do you have a cigarette or a dollar but believe me when I tell you, Downtown Salisbury at night is very safe and inviting. I should add, if you didn't know, there are many video cameras Downtown to go directly to the Police Station. They monitor the Downtown area 24/7 from one end to the other.
As far as conveniences, well, the Downtown area could use a small grocery store in walking distance. There's no doubt in my mind that if someone were to open a small store they would do very well. They could consider items for apartment/condo living. I also believe a small Laundry Mat would also do well down here. Again, within walking distance.
If we are to revitalize Downtown Salisbury successfully, these are just some of the ideas needed to help economic development and the convenience of City living.
Mind you, living in the City is not for every one. However, I grew up enjoying incredible architecture in New York City and Washington, D.C.. If you take the time and actually look at the buildings down here, they're incredible as well.
Salisbury has so much potential. However, no one in the past 16 years has truly grasped that potential. We look at Annapolis, Easton, St. Michaels, Cambridge, Berlin and other small Downtown areas and Salisbury has set idle. I want to change that. I want to be your next Mayor because I have a vision. I have the business experience and know how to make the Downtown area vibrant again.
Look, we can't just give up like Barrie Tilghman and Jim Ireton did. Somewhere along the line we have to realize that the Downtown area is here to stay. Once we realize we can't bulldoze the entire area like some have suggested we can open our minds with incredible ideas and revitalize Downtown Salisbury to be just like, (if not a whole lot better) than other Cities.
I have owned 300 W. Main Street for several years now. For the past 2 or 3 years I have come here every week day to work and as you know for the past seven months I have enjoyed living down here. I have enjoyed spending money in local businesses to help support them. I want to spend the next 3 years, (at least) convincing you that Downtown Salisbury is a GREAT investment. As your next Mayor I want you to know you can visit the Downtown area at night and feel perfectly comfortable. More importantly I want citizens to be PROUD to say they live in Salisbury.
Salisbury should be setting the bar for other Cities to follow. If we work together we can make that happen. Let me say this as well. Don't think for a second I'm not thinking about ALL of Salisbury. I have great concerns and ideas outside the Downtown area. I'm simply trying to impress upon every one that again, the Downtown area of Salisbury is here to stay. Ignoring it any longer is a disaster just waiting to happen.
at 10/25/2012 12:37:00 PM