The Downtown Leadership Group, a.k.a. DLG, has been around a few years now and, last year, generated mission and vision statements. When thinking about the future of downtown Pine City, we knew that it was an area of the community that belongs to all of us, the whole community. But we also realized that we had to seek out input from downtown merchants so, to address that, a survey was circulated amongst the downtown merchants and building owners, seeking their opinions on various issues that affect downtown.
Respondents want more to do downtown after 5 p.m., especially more entertainment options, and they have concerns about the lack of retail and variety and what they called “sparkle” as its buildings are starting to show their age. These were some of the more prevalent results, along with much other information that points out the strengths of downtown as well as what could be done to improve it.
Surveys were made available to all of the property owners in the downtown area property owners—87 in all. We had 35 respondents or just over 40 percent. Of these, there was a mix of downtown business owners, managers and residents. Results were presented at an informational event June 9 whereby the DLG offered dessert and coffee to anyone who attended. I told the handful of people who came what survey respondents thought about our precious downtown.