I think we have moved to a topic that has some merit. I have lived here for over 25 years and paid my dues to being involved for many of those years. The problem that you see in our downtown is not a problem the council allowed to happen. If I remember correctly - Unless you are classifed by the state as a Town Center, Transit Village, something like that, you can not stop a business from renting. If the space was a retail establishment before, it needs no variance to change businesses as it is considered "same use" and another business goes in. We need to get our town into one of the categories where we can address what businesses is renting, the store fronts, enforcement of ordinances, and daily maintenance in cleaning. This means continue to move forward with redevelopment as you need a redevelopment plan. There are also grants that come with these titles. We then need to create committees, this is where you all come in. Those that see problems in our town are perfect candidates to get involved. I'm sure you heard the verse "You can't see the forest through the trees.", having other view points and sharing them at Council Meetings helps the governing body see the forest. Our problem is our society, the simple practice of volunteerism has died. What I am trying to say is that the more people that go to the Council meetings and express their opinions, the more people that volunteer their time to be on the Planning Board, Parking Authority, Recreation, Shade Tree Commission, and others, helps YOUR town. Just writing about problems on this or any other forum doesn't help the cause.