Jewelry store ordinance
By Jessica Mathews
May 28, 2007
I am not really sure about this whole limit the jewelry store
issue. I have no vested interest either way since I don't own
anything downtown nor do I operate a jewelry store business.
I don't think I would sit well if I did own something and had
someone else tell me I could not rent out my building. However,
it is clear that a saturation point has been reached.
One issue for me since I do work downtown is that I can't find
things I need to buy downtown. I have to make the Wal-Mart run
when a stop outside my work would have been much more effective.
What bothers me, and I could be uninformed, but how come the
jewelry stores don't join up and form something like CHARR?
As far as I know the local jewelry stores don't have their own
umbrella organization and so they lack cohesiveness with the
town and each other.
If they were to form under Jewelers Unified Nicely for Ketchikan
they could give back so much more to the community and reduce
the bad feelings people have for them. JUNK could sponsor a
youth sports team; they could donate to WISH and lift up women
instead of just hocking bobbles. JUNK could help with the Arts
or the Hanging Basket program.
JUNK could ban together and do something about the eyesore right
on the curve below Steamers and do something about that rock,
dirt and dandelion strip that the tourists seem so compelled
to tromp down to get into the street.
All the while locals drive into that situation and have to dodge
someone intent on walking in the road on a curve. The frenzy
begins with a crazy tourist being whistled at by the crossing
guards, and then yelled at by their spouse from across the street
to either get out of the road or hurry up and get to the other
Since those skinny orange cones were put up it seems to have
helped!! Thanks to the person that came up with that idea. So
now that eye sore can be fixed. JUNK could see this void in
the downtown area, step in and offer a sum for material and some
labor so it could be transformed into something pretty. Even
a bunch of boulders all the way across would look better than
the way it does now. If that strip of property is owned by a
business downtown, I demand it be tansformed at their expense.
Perhaps I will start a committee to force them to conform to
my way of thinking.
If the jewelers were really a part of our town they would be
stepping in and doing things like this. They would come to chamber
meetings and learn about the needs of this town. Maybe they
are, I don't know, I just haven't seen any collective effort
on their part to do anything but stand outside their store fronts.
Received May 27, 2007 - Published May 28, 2007
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