City officials interested in revitalizing the downtown should explore a formal economic analysis of the city's center, former Congressman James Maloney said recently.While I respect former Congressman Maloney, the LAST thing we need is another study/suurvey that will be ignored by elected officials.
Maloney, president and chief executive officer of Connecticut Institute for Communities, made the proposal Thursday during a meeting of the Danbury Main Street Partnership, a group of city officials and stake holders who are charged with revitalizing the city's center.
"The issue in my mind is that the economics of growth need to be evaluated," Maloney said during the meeting.
"We need to look at both incentives and disincentives that exist concerning growth in the downtown."
The last time a similar economic analysis had been done in the city was in the mid-1990s, according to Planning and Zoning Director Dennis Elpern.
That study, he said, encompassed the entire city and was not focused on the city's core.
Maloney said the partnership could develop a scope for the project before issuing a request for proposals.
Hiring a professional firm to conduct such a study, he added, could cost around $50,000.
What's needed is not another study or survey but new leadership at City Hall that actually cares about downtown as opposed to the westside section of the city.
Want to revitilize downtown Danbury, get rid of the dishonest mayor who turned a once vibrant downtown into a wasteland.