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PRIORITY LISTING OF ALL ISSUES

IDENTIFIED BY THE PARTICIPANTS — 9/12/05
(organized into the Main Street 4 Point Committees)

DESIGN

  • Need safe and convenient parking area near and in the rear of the square – 20

  • Need a park area downtown – 15

  • Need a unified look (awnings, brick crosswalks) – 13

  • Need to put utilities underground – 13

  • Improve and add sidewalks – 12

  • Improve drainage with curb and gutter – 5

  • Need uniform street lighting – 4

  • Need trees – 4

  • Need more greenery (native plants) on the square – 3

  • Need storefronts to reflect character, sophistication – 3

  • Improve traffic flow – 3

  • Need historic looking signage – 2

  • Need design guidelines for new construction – 2

  • Need to look at Kollock’s drawings for design ideas – 2

  • Need to set and enforce design standards – 2

  • Need to inventory our historic buildings – 2

  • Need the uniqueness of Blairsville preserved – 2

  • Need traffic control, slower speeds, stop signs instead of yields, need pedestrian safety – 2

  • Need flower boxes – 1

  • Need signage and design controls for shops – 0

PROMOTION

  • Campaign to get local shoppers downtown – 5

  • Need to emphasize our mountain charm – 4

  • Need to determine an identity for the city to market (what do you associate it with?) – 4

  • Capitalize on Appalachian heritage – 2

  • Need music events on the square – 2

  • Market our unique character and friendly people – 2

  • Use the sorghum festival facility year round for more events – 2

  • Advertise downtown as a destination – 2

  • Educate kids on the value of downtown, get them involved – 1

  • Need a marketing plan that promotes pride in downtown, rich history, education, real

  • history – 1

  • Need community support for local events – 1

  • Need activities for kids – 0

  • Need to bring youth from other communities (Atlanta, Chattanooga, etc) to learn about our history – 0

ORGANIZATION

  • Need safe and convenient parking area near and in the rear of the square – 20

  • Need a visitor center with parking, public restrooms, information, and info kiosks – 16

  • Remove truck traffic (need bypass) – 13

  • Need to put utilities underground – 13

  • Improve and add sidewalks – 12

  • Get drug dealers out – 10

  • Need public-private partnerships – 9

  • Improve drainage with curb and gutter – 5

  • Need crowd control at night – 4

  • Improve traffic flow – 3

  • Need traffic control, slower speeds, stop signs instead of yields, need pedestrian safety – 2

  • Need flexible policies to preserve views and meet infrastructure needs with growth – 2

  • Get teens to help design a hangout – 2

  • Keep streets clean – 1

  • Update buildings to code – 0

  • Need handicapped parking on the square – 0

  • Need business owners to cooperate with the Historical Society – 0

  • Need information on highway projects to help with our planning – 0

  • Need short term and long term plans – 0

  • Need to utilize volunteers – 0

  • Need major activity centers connected – 0

ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING

  • Need more retail (and fewer offices) downtown – 17

  • Need mom/pop locally owned shops (not chains) – 9

  • Need a hometown restaurant and more restaurants – 7

  • Need financial incentives for building restorations, new and expanded businesses – 6

  • Need art and craft shops – 1

  • Need a variety of businesses – 1

  • Need more historical shops to attract tourists – 1

  • Need to meet local shopping needs – 1

  • Need unique shops on the square – 0

  • Need industrial buildings near the city but not downtown – 0

  • Chevrolet building – 0

  • Need to have store hours be consistent – 0

  • Need activities for kids – 0

Summary report prepared by Joel Cordle, September 30, 2005

 


 


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