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Main Street doing fine without Main Street

July 31, 2013

The call to join Main Street Oakland County in last week's front pager "Clarkston champion needed" has its heart in the right place, but isn't needed right now.

The Oakland County program would require $35,000-$75,000 in fund-raising to join. For that money, Clarkston would receive advice, networking, training, planning help, funding, and other incentives.

We think downtown is doing fine as it is. Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce revamped its entire headquarters building on S. Main Street last February with exactly this in mind.

Semitrucks stop regularly at Clarkston Flower Shoppe and Bird Feeder on N. Main Street as it completes its renovation projects.

Main Street's doctors, lawyers, ad designers, bank, newspaper, and other commercial businesses aren't a "big problem," as Clarkston City Manager Carol Eberhardt called them.

They, along with retailers, make Main Street strong, all working to keep downtown well maintained with a busy calendar of community events all year long.

Main Street Oakland County does fine work with downtowns in need of a boost, with empty, crumbling storefronts and run-down properties.

We're thankful that isn't the case here.

Would Main Street be worth diverting up to $75,000 in community donations to another layer of bureaucracy, all to accomplish development objectives already undertaken by the chamber, and other community groups and businesses?

We don't think so.