Ultimately, an alluring downtown must feature things that allure people — attractive come-ons and “walk bys” to make hoofing it worth their while.
At this point, with precious few of those things existing, trying to jury-rig Front Street into something it’s not might be imprudent.
“If you don’t have it, don’t try it,” Smith says. “You don’t build a downtown; a downtown creates itself.”
Brian Ojanpa is a Free Press staff writer. Call him at 344-6316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.