Truthseeker: Why do we need to "create" something? Seems to me that there are already merchants downtown. Do we really need cobblestones and phoney gas lanterns? Do we need a Sherman Ave North? While Sherman draws elite out of state tourists and a smattering of upscale locals in the summer, the merchants groan and moan about no business in the winter. Why would an engineered little village in Hayden fare any better? Look at midtown CDA. It is emerging all on it's own as a hub, an area of growth and vibrancy. It hasn't been manufactured, it has evolved because enterprising merchants have made it so, without any "plan" from a city council. Someone mentioned sales tax revenue, well let WalMart do their thing and Hayden will be swimming in sales tax revenue, but I forgot -- Wal*Mart isn't all earthtone and quaint. We need to take my property tax dollars and make a quaint little place to double-park our Hummer and grab a latte, maybe have a little botox to go. ... Leave Hayden as it is. Go engineer your little creation elsewhere. Not everyone in Hayden is fixated on property values and "being seen" in their designer duds.
DFO: Dunno if I agree with you, Truthseeker, but I applaud your terrific argument.