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Mall mania

To have a mall, or not to have a mall is no longer the question. Now, the question is how to have the mall.

Other factors need to be considered while considering HOW to vote on this issue:

– To have growth, or not to have growth is also not a question. It’s happening. The question is HOW to grow.

– To be able to afford town expenses, Carbondale is projecting a budget shortfall of at least $700,000 a year by 2006.

– To have shoppers shop or not (for badly needed sales tax) is a serious question in all this mall mania.

– The town already has an abundance of small shops struggling to survive. We don’t need more struggling small shops. We need some major (BIG) name stores to draw shoppers to the area.

– When I learned there was concern about the present plan to be voted on, I found the developers’ preview center and went to see for myself. I was surprised and impressed to see such a nice-looking plan.

So, if you care to know for yourself, go to the preview center, on Main Street next to Ship of Fools restaurant. Don’t vote on the basis of my words, or anybody else’s.

– Personally, I think what is planned is great and I don’t want to see any more town time or finances wasted to haggle this thing out.

Marilyn McWilliams


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