DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/9/2015

Unleashing the Untapped Potential of Our Downtowns

By: Delawre Governor Jack A. Markell

Healthy and vibrant downtowns are critical components of Delaware’s economic well-being and quality of life. With urban areas across the country growing rapidly, we must ensure our cities are attractive places to live, work, and visit – to raise a family and to start and expand a business. It’s why we started the Downtown Development District program, designed to spur private investments that renovate old properties, build new ones, and revitalize neighborhoods. Funding approved by the General Assembly has allowed us to provide $5.6 million in grants for projects in our first downtown districts in Wilmington, Dover, and Seaford. Those grants have leveraged an additional $114 million in private investment to refurbish buildings that house small businesses, create green space and build new housing. And we ensure the goals of each individual project contribute to our larger goal to promote thriving local communities and strong economies. In Seaford, we broke ground this past week on the Residences at River Place, a project that will create homes for more than 70 Delaware families and stimulate job growth. Recently we also celebrated the completion of two home renovation projects in Dover. And the State Housing Authority has announced a second round of funding for Downtown Development Districts: that’s $8 million in grants for investments in rehabilitation, along with expansion or new construction of commercial, industrial, residential and mixed-use buildings. By bringing more projects like these to Delaware, we can unleash the untapped potential of our cities at a time when more people are seeking dynamic and exciting urban environments. And that, will keep Delaware moving forward.

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8 thoughts on “DE Governor’s Weekly Message 10/9/2015”

  1. Yeah, let’s throw more money away.

    You need a few components in place to have a successful “downtown” renaissance. First, the area must be attractive- old buildings, waterfront or whatever. Second, there can be no run-down areas in the immediate periphery. This is an ofter-overlooked yet crucial component and a universal deal-killer.

    See Lewes, Annapolis, Old Town Alexandria, Dupont Circle DC and so on to see it done right. See Milton, Seaford and Milford to witness futility.

  2. Get rid of parking meters… Downtown shopping is great if you live in walking or bicycling distance, but who wants to feed parking meters and/or get ticketed or towed if you are five minutes late.

  3. You need a few components in place….

    Indeed.

    $5.6 million in grants for projects in our first downtown districts in Wilmington, Dover, and Seaford. Those grants have leveraged an additional $114 million in private investment to refurbish buildings that house small businesses, create green space and build new housing…

    That seems to be a lot of money being created out of nothing by private banks.

    But at least our fearless leaders leveraged it into more “investment” from some other private banks and corporations, apparently.

    With respect to the refurbished buildings, who is going to make sure that they have transgender bathrooms or perhaps pay for the bathroom police for transvestites?

    I thought that was important to these people.

    Looks like it has some critics:
    (Is Delaware Governor Jack Markell High? | Delaware Right …
    Aug 16, 2013 – Markell may be high on something, maybe he has been testing the … such as homosexual marriage and the bathroom bill, and gun laws, … )

    Yet those same critics will try to use so-called political correctness in their own way:
    (Does The Sussex GOP See Women As Second Class …
    Sep 15, 2015 – Does The Sussex GOP See Women As Second Class Members Of The Party?)

    That’s Delaware “Right.” Oh boy.

    Oy vey! Apparently they like to use that technique against political opponents and then wonder why Jack Markell and others that actually invented that technique keep winning? (Well, “winning”… among muddle headed Democrats and a coalition of minority victim ethnic groups that apparently need help avoiding having their feelings hurt by a bathroom. Enter, Jack Markell!)

    Along with his friends (“banks,” “corporations,”) that often seem to be experts on politically correct matters… so has anyone made sure that the new bathrooms will “rainbow zones” of tolerance?

    Just curious. I guess I’ll have to research that myself and perhaps make a meme: “Bathroom before Markell, bathroom after Markell”

    Because I’m truly curious what the end result of the “work” that people like Jack Markell leverage with “banks” and “corporations” actually look like in the end.

    Like what was the big problem with the bathrooms that hurt people’s feels and what are the new ones like and so forth.

    More entertainment!

    Back in reality, you know what actually hurts people’s feelings? Getting shot by diverse groups of “teens” or “youth,” downtown… heck, they’re hurting their own minority feelings pretty bad too. “I’ve been shot! That hurts my feelings.” Etc. But at least the new bathrooms are… well, whatever they are now! Until an implicitly white Joe the Plumber invents a standing urinal for women or men dressed like women so that their feelings don’t get hurt, won’t the problem of equality remain?

  4. @CW

    If… DR is as ” great ” as you alledge…

    Then… Why don’t you post your stuff over there or get on their paid staff?

    It might be a much better market for your rants , raves and ruminations — most of which are irrelevant to the topics at hand.

  5. Independent Consultant October 13, 2015 at 07:12 “Get rid of parking meters… Downtown shopping is great if you live in walking or bicycling distance, but who wants to feed parking meters and/or get ticketed or towed if you are five minutes late.”

    That’s actually an outstanding idea. If you have a downtown area that is in great demand, like downtown D.C., you can charge for parking and it won’t deter people.

    But if you are trying to encourage people to revitalize an area and/or downtown, then the boost to the economy and the increased tax revenue from successfully boosting the economy would be greater than the revenue from parking meters.

    However… one of the reasons for parking meters is to discourage people from parking all day long. So you would still need some way of limiting how long people park there… assuming your goal is to encourage shopping.

    For example, if they have those ticket machines, maybe the first 2 hours are free, but after that it costs (a lot) so that people will shop and then vacate the space so someone else can come and shop.

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