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The group of Owen Sound residents who issued the 12 Question challenge to our municipal candidates has turned its attention to our downtown.

4. Our city’s downtown retail district is in protracted decline with over 25% empty storefronts along 2nd Ave. East. How can we revitalize our downtown – what process, what specific options and what sorts of investments?

Some of the candidates have used a historical lens and recent business openings to dispute the "protracted decline" characterization of Owen Sound's downtown, and the 25% would definitely depend on how narrowly one defines downtown. 

There are specific suggestions for encouraging visitors, residents and businesses, discussion of the future River Precinct work, and opinions on tax incentives and dis-incentives.

 

Answers to question four are here.

Links to answers to question one, question two and question three.


 

 

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