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I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Why is everyone so concerned with upscale? Part 1

Cudahy, Development, Retail, Wal-Mart

It is nice to want upscale, but if the upscale places don’t want a city, what are you to do?


Do you leave the land vacant?  For how long?  Settle for second or third best? 


What if Wal-Mart was Moving Upscale?


Are upscale places one size fits all?


Should an upscale place open in a city that isn’t?


Should the percent of upscale places match the percent of upper income residents?


At some point, you pick the best of who is around.  It is much like in grade school and play on recess a game of kick ball/soccer.  You have to choose sides and after the best players are gone, you pick what is best.


You want a good mix of upscale, economical (thrifty/budget), and middle of the road places.


You would want to have the proper mix of places that would satisfy the needs and wants of the classes in the community or it could widen the gulf between the neighborhood's working-class and upper-income residents.


You would want to convert the vacant lots and unused/abandoned sites to buildings of shops and offices that would unify a community divided over commercial and residential growth.


You would like to see retailers that will meet our basic needs -- maybe some clothing stores or more restaurants both fast food and sit down, but we don’t need any more taverns, used cars lots, pay day loans, or mobile phone shops.


You would need to recognize that this is a diverse area, and we're reaching out to a broad spectrum of tenants and customers, that come in all ages from young, middle aged to elderly and all levels of incomes.


You have to understand the economics of things that the economic feasibility of the projects requires larger, higher-rent paying tenants along with smaller, service-oriented tenants.


You must be sensitive to the desires of the upper-income residents and the upper-income shoppers that from surrounding cities while leaving room for the wants of the blue-collar community and the needs of the fixed or low income citizens.


You have to comprehend that there are people in the neighborhood that certainly don't have the money to support the development so money will have to come from customers outside the city limits.


You want to attract more residents to the area and build a stronger community through the proper mix of development, low taxes, good schools and a safe neighborhood.


You want to draw in the young professionals, the upstart families, the empty-nesters and the retirees while maintaining the balance of the city and keeping what you already have.


You have to understand that companies make money/profit by either charging/markup a lot over the cost of an item and selling just a few items or they sell a lot of items with less of a markup.  The companies have to have a good quality-to-price ratio mix.


You have to understand that there has to be a market for the company to want to come to the city.


You may have a need or want to simply energize downtown with boutique and outlet stores all while staying consistent with existing downtown architecture and structures.


You may need to consult the market analysts reports while understanding that they are not the only way and aren’t gospel!


You will have to have a strong grasp that the U.S. recession also has been tough on all kinds of retailers, forcing bankruptcy filings and mass store closures across the country and to fill something now while settling many be better than nothing!


You many have to ignore, for the moment, the countless problems that master plans have caused 'urban' development and understand that they are flexible and it was people years ago crafting it and mistakes could have happen or the markets change. Just because the zoning says it isn't right, doesn't mean it is correct.  You have to understand if you don’t change you and the city will be swept aside!


You have to understand that following the hard fast rules, particularly where zoning is concerned, is a good way to make a community less viable and livable in the long term.


You might be asking yourself why I wrote this with “You” in mind?  Well, if you can understand what I wrote, can follow it, have the will and gumption, you could be Cudahy’s next economic development director!

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