Mesa Downtown Association president David Short, shown Wednesday, November 24, 2010 near the corner of Main and Center streets in Mesa.
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I live in Ft. Collins for almost 19 years and watched the downtown grow exponentially well. If Mr. Short can duplicate that sucessful area, Mesa will be doing something that other valley cites will try to emulate. The Ft. Collins downtown was not perfect but we traveled from the south part of town where we lived, drove past all of the box stores and spend the majority of our expendable income downtown. Good luck, old habits are hard to break.
Dear Mr, Short,
Please dont rent ugly statues that DO NOT represent the people of Mesa to be put on city streets.
Save the money!
P.S. Congrats on the new job! [wink]
I wish him the best, I had had similar jobs in the past and it is NOT easy to please everyone!
DMA has been a huge obstacle for 25 years with Tom V. He did nothing but collect dues and pay himself huge bonuses. I also think the DMA overpaid for this new guy. This puts them in a similar situation when they are paying so much in salaries and not events and marketing. Prove yourself here, and then you can get pay raises when the economy in downtown is successful and thriving. Until then, no soup for you!
Maybe the city should focus for once on Downtown. Dave Richins wants everything in his district, the mayor talks a big game but has failed in his leadership of downtown.
New guy, if you want to be successful, listen to the people who visit, the merchants. Make sure you do not listen or allow Susan Tibshraeny and her minions. They have killed downtown and are trying to get in this guys head to be their puppet like tom V. was. Get rid of most regulations and allow creativity to flow and work. Work on marketing and having a plan, but also allow organic things to happen……maybe like the motorcycles and cruising on main???? Support these ideas.
Also, don’t buy all of the hype. If you read about him in ft. Collins, you can see he has had problems just recently and did not really tackle the problems. I personally don’t trust the DMA with my tax dollars. They have been a horrible organization. The board is not accountable and is one of the worst boards I have seen. It’s a good ol boys network at its worst. But I do love downtown and see the potential it has if this city would get any leadership and commitment to focus on downown. I hope he works out. If not, concil grow some and cut off all funding within the year.
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