Retail Overlay District?
By Chris Elliott
September 09, 2007
Re Ms. McCreary's letter (Tourist Destination & Planning
not just Ketchikan):
First, the idea that those with sufficient financial resources
could support new entrepreneurs and encourage new business owners
is a good one so long as everyone understands and agrees that
those with sufficient financial resources are not obligated to
do so, and should they do so, it would be out of the kindness
of their hearts rather than as some type of quid pro quo for
being allowed to rent, sell or lease their real property as they
Second, I don't find it particularly interesting or even mildly
surprising that Juneau is working to limit certain types of businesses
within Downtown Juneau. Using data from the 2000 census, the
U. S. Census Bureau compiled a list of the 100 counties with
the highest per capita income. Juneau was 96th. Ketchikan was
not on the list. In addition, we do not know whether the good
people of Juneau will accept this restriction on business, and
even if they do, frankly, I don't care what they do in Juneau.
Finally, restricting my rights as a property owner in this manner
is just plain wrong, dead wrong. The win-win situation Ms. McCreary
hopes for is really heads she wins, tails I lose, which is win-win
for the initiative sponsors.
Received September 07, 2007
- Published September 09, 2007
About: "Resident since
before Statehood; Newtown area property owner"
Destination & Planning--not just Ketchikan By Bobbie
McCreary Ketchikan, AK
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