I sent this letter in to the Red Deer Advocate and I thought it was worth posting to my blog as well. See below:
Have you been downtown lately?Take a walk along Ross Street from 47th Avenue to 51st Avenue and see the major progress that has been made in our downtown! While you’re at it walk down Little Gaetz in either direction as well. There have been some major enhancements made in the last few years!
Recently I was playing around with Google Street View and was surprised to find that the Google-Car which photographs the streets to make a 3D map hasnt went down little Gaetz since 2009! So when I clicked on Gaetz Ave I could literally see back in time before all the major upgrades were put in. If you’re interested I made a tour video and posted it to my YouTube page “Wieler4RD”, check it out.
After making that discovery I decided to peruse the Greater Downtown Action Plan on the city’s webpage. I found the plan to be a very innovative and progressive with clear goals and action steps to improve the quality of life in our city and spur business development.
|Comforts The Sole and Hot Pot Studio, Little Gaetz Red Deer|
I have to send out a big THANK YOU to all the business owners who are redeveloping their properties and enhancing the whole feel of our downtown. There is a very clear message communicated to the public when a business enhances its store front and upgrades its street appeal. The clear message is PROGRESS!
The evidence of progress is all around the downtown from the Plaza W renovation, the renovation of Budget Car Rental and the facelift to Artistry In Gold to the expansions of Red Deer Hot Yoga, Sunworks, Housewarmings and Fratters Venue. An extremely popular attraction is the Cool Beans Bus Cafe which occupies a previous brownfield site! Then there is the 2014 business of the year, Collegiate Sports Medicine, also proudly downtown. This is progress!
|Downtown Farmers Market On Little Gaetz|
On that note, unfortunately in 2013, out of the 497 businesses downtown there were 65 businesses that chose to leave the downtown. However there were 74 new businesses that arrived. So there is net growth as evidenced by the numbers provided by the DBA. This is progress!
Families are now flocking downtown in the summertime to enjoy the landmark Bluegrass Spray Park. There are more events like Centrefest, the Downtown Farmers Market, Nuit Blanche, the Bike Race and the North Pole Stroll enhancing our culture. The Ross St Patio is a HUGE SUCCESS drawing old and young alike to enjoy our downtown. This is progress!
There is more to come! Our city is blossoming! These are exciting times!
Jonathan Wieler, Downtown Business Owner - Bullseye Safety Inc.
Happy New Years!
Also my You Tube Video I made about downtown Red Deer: