I have owned a boutique downtown at 8th & Grand, Confetti Design, for 13 years. I am absolutely in favor of closing the east wing street both for safety and to create a more pleasant environment downtown. Since we have a major state highway running through the heart of our retail district, it must be enhanced to improve everyone’s downtown experience.In response to Chris McGovern’s letter to the editor, I take exception to her comment “there is not . a really good retailer that will go in where there is no vehicular access.” She implies that there is not a good retailer downtown. I beg to differ! There are many good, thriving businesses downtown! I also take issue with her comments implying that the “west side merchants are withering on the vine.” I don’t think so! Sure, some have changed hands in the last few years, but every one is thriving and working hard to make their businesses and downtown successful. In fact, in the last month two businesses re-located downtown from other locations in Glenwood and we are all working together to make it an even better place to have a retail business and a much more pleasant atmosphere to “leisurely visit!”The issue of closing the wing streets is not about the convenience of zipping through downtown in the quickest manner to park right in front of a business. It is about the public’s safety and handicap accessibility (a federal requirement). It is about complementing our unique downtown, presenting the best image to tourists and locals alike, making use of our great natural resource downtown – the Colorado River. It is about competition in the marketplace for locating business in the Roaring Fork Valley and I-70 corridor.Downtown is the heart of Glenwood Springs. If you haven’t taken the time to come downtown lately, give it a try. Experience the unique shop and restaurants. Play tourist for a day. Discover what others already know!
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