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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Downtown St. Paul Has A Problem?

The story and headline: What's wrong with downtown? By Gita Sitaramiah of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, aka Twincities.com. Do a search on the title if the link brings you to a "register for free before we let you read this story" page.

    Fifty civic boosters sounded off Thursday about downtown St. Paul.

    Among the concerns mentioned: A lack of retail and nightlife, too many panhandlers loitering, some decrepit buildings, no "real" grocery store and not enough incentives for businesses to set up shop.

SHOCKING! No one, and I mean no one, could have possibly predicted that onerous and increased business and property taxes, price increases for fees and licenses and a no-smoking ban could possibly result in businesses closing and others moving to more tax-friendly suburbs. SHOCKING! A GREAT MYSTERY to be sure!

Nope - no one could have possibly guessed, in their worst case scenario, that higher property taxes, higher business taxes and onerous regulations would have a negative effect on attracting new businesses and help continue the operating of current businesses. No one could have seen this coming. No one.


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Boy, this sounds EXACTLY like Jackson, Mississippi. Wonder why there are no people moving in and all the businesses have moved to the outskirts? It makes NO DAMN SENSE AT ALL!

Here's a fun fact. The tag for my vehicle in Jackson, MS would cost 497.50, eight miles away where I actually live, the very same tag costs 39.00. Hilarious.
I don't live within the city limits of SP, so the little Stalinists there don't affect my life. But I love criticizing them. They are idiots.

Wow, that's quite a diff in the vehicle tabs. Who would voluntarily pay the higher price? Those that don't know or don;t care? Sheesh!
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