Letter to the Editor: The death of downtown | SierraSun.com

Letter to the Editor: The death of downtown

Tasteless, odorless and colorless are words that immediately came to mind upon my recent venture to downtown Truckee. There is a certain irony in a town that encourages one to and#8220;shop locallyand#8221; when every third or fourth store has gone out of business; and if not yet, those that remain open have exceedingly limited hours of operation. Does anyone ever make a purchase in these stores? Has anyone ever ventured to Brickletown, such a sad testimonial to Truckee’s alleged support of local Artisans?

I asked myself what makes this such a depressing experience; wondering why we don’t flourish like our sister cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City? I wondered why there are no empty storefronts in either of these towns? Perhaps, it is their use of vibrant colors, stores of interest and galleries that stretch beyond the limits of wooden bears and drab oil paintings of Truckee. Maybe it’s the interesting art that they are permitted to utilize in their roundabouts? Both towns, like Truckee, boast a historical significance, yet their progressive thinking is what makes them thrive.

Instinctively I asked myself who are the responsible parties that have left our downtown to die? Could it be greedy landlords asking for astronomical rent, parking fees or perhaps something way more pervasive and sinister? Who are these people that are stuck in a and#8220;wild westand#8221; mentality and consistently serve to deter anything that might be the least bit inviting to residents, let alone the tourists who flock to our area? These must certainly be people who embrace everything that is homogenized, sterile and diluted. This is our town. Could someone please wake up?

It is sad, and no one seems to mind. Downtown Truckee, close a few more doors and it’s downtown Bodie.

Ron Haimowitz


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