When we picked up the morning edition of our newspaper, the Cecil Whig, we were pleased to see an important local story covered in great detail. The subject the daily is writing about is the revitalization of the central business area of the county seat. For well over 10 years, the town has struggled to bring new energy back to Main Street, a place that once hummed as the retail center of the county.
While the heart of old towns will never be what they were in the era before suburban shopping centers, revitalization is important to the overall health of a community and it is working in some places. In Elkton the Mayor and Commissoners recognized this critical element of the community and committed substantial resources to funding the Elkton Alliance, the independent partnership charged with returning business to Main Street.
The Whig says shop owners, officials, and residents disagree on the current condition of the old business district and they haven’t agreed on the best way to bring more business downtown. “And they’re not sure what they want the town’s future to hold. But if there’s one thing everyone can agree upon, it’s an impassioned desire to see the town blossom,” the Whig writes.
In a cluster of several articles, Sonia Dasgupta talks to constituencies that have a range of views, including Elkton Alliane Director and Town Commissioner Mary Jo Jablonski. Pieces explore the fight to save downtown, the loss of office workers, parking, and more. On the Whig’s web site, there are additional photos and a video of Main Street North East.
Excellent, in-depth reporting of the type readers are looking for from a local paper. We’ll have some reactions to the remarks on revitalization , along with our point of view in later posts.
If you didn’t catch today’s Whig do buy a copy. It is valuable, professional reporting that took a good bit of time to do and to balance.