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Downtown Alliance asks Jasper to fund transportation study

downtown-aestheticsThe new Downtown Alliance wants to improve Jasper's downtown with organized community planning.
    What would increase tourism in Jasper? How can connectivity be improved in the city? How can Jasper businesses be supported and the quality of downtown be improved? 
    These are questions the new Downtown Alliance, an initiative of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, have been charged with answering.
    The group is only five or six meetings deep but according to members - which include business and property owners in Jasper’s central business district  - excitement is high. Group co-chair Jack Dunn,  owner of Jasper Drug & Gifts,  told council this initiative is a chance to encourage and prepare for growth  and “bring Jasper’s business district to the next level.”    

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Vault Of Glass
-3 #1 Vault Of Glass 2015-06-03 12:55
Stop trying to stop forward progress and get with the times. That would make it a lot easier.
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Kitty
0 #2 Kitty 2015-06-06 08:32
I guess it would depend on what "progress" means......
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Cathy Carden
+7 #3 Cathy Carden 2015-06-07 09:26
Problem is that there is nothing much for tourists to do in Pickens.. No rivers, not much in the way of hiking trails or any outdoor activities. No reason to come into Jasper's main street, unless one eats down there. Woodstock used to be the same way until developers came in and built housing down in that area and started having something going on every weekend year round. Downtown Woodstock is about the same size as Jasper. Problem is that Jasper is already surrounded by houses and the cost of living is high and it is too far from Atlanta to drive to work everyday. Not a lot of young people want to come into a town that has nothing to offer them or their kids in the form of entertainment.. .People actually drive out of Pickens on weekends in order to have something to do other than look at the woods. Love the County and love Jasper...The 2 large communities up there Bent Tree and Big Canoe have things to do inside the gates and many have never even been to Jasper, they go down 400 into Atlanta. Even when Jasper has activities on weekends it does the town no good to have locals come, they don't spend a lot of money, cause they live there. I thought at one time it might be good to have some sort of Amphitheater up there on some acreage, but that costs a lot of money to build and promote. Don't know if that Hotel Complex will get built or not, but am sure that if it does they will only want their paying guests on the premises. Jasper seems to just be a pass thru with folks headed up to towns where there is something to attract them.. Helen had that problem and they remade the whole town.. Committee needs to think outside the box and even then, will people want to invest in a town when there are so many other towns/counties with things to do already..
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Kitty
+2 #4 Kitty 2015-06-09 08:13
While I agree with some of the things Cathy says, the Chamber might start with putting a sign on 515 indicating that there is tourist info available, and promoting businesses on Main street other than lawyers offices. Tourists come into small towns like Jasper to see local history and local crafts. Small shops with actual local handiwork such locally made furniture, stained glass, harvested honey, jewelry, musical instruments, art work, marble items, metal work, fabric etc....is much more interesting than nail salons and shops that close at 3 pm on Saturdays. But, it is up to the Main St businesses, if this is what they want.
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Vault Of Glass
+1 #5 Vault Of Glass 2015-06-09 19:15
Forward progress as in allowing outsiders to come here and open businesses with out causing an uproar. It gets old when old money refuses to let new money in.
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reality jack0ff
+3 #6 reality jack0ff 2015-06-10 06:43
Think about this, if the finest handmade pottery store in the region opened on Main Street, how much daily business would it do? My bet, not enough to stay in business, Unless we want government to sustain some quirky neat shops, you first have to have the tourists, before anyone can open a business appealing to them.
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Vault Of Glass
-1 #7 Vault Of Glass 2015-06-14 07:49
AWWWWW did I hurt some peoples feelings telling the truth? People around here think if you aren't from here you shouldn't be here. Until they get over that nonsense it is only going to stay broke here. Get over yourselves people.
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Obi egg Kenobi
+4 #8 Obi egg Kenobi 2015-06-15 14:19
What we need is a strip club in this town. Make it the classiest, hottest chicks only, place with reasonably priced drinks and you'll see the whole town more full of people -- and happier people.
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Sounds like B.S.
+2 #9 Sounds like B.S. 2015-06-18 11:15
Quoting Vault Of Glass:
AWWWWW did I hurt some peoples feelings telling the truth? People around here think if you aren't from here you shouldn't be here. Until they get over that nonsense it is only going to stay broke here. Get over yourselves people.


I'd say the nonsense is coming from you. Give one legitimate example. I would venture a guess that many, if not most, of the businesses operating here are owned by people who "aren't from here".
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pinto colvig
+4 #10 pinto colvig 2015-06-18 14:34
Quoting Vault Of Glass:
AWWWWW did I hurt some peoples feelings telling the truth? People around here think if you aren't from here you shouldn't be here. Until they get over that nonsense it is only going to stay broke here. Get over yourselves people.


jeez what a delusional megalomaniac. One (1) commenter simply offered a reasonably, tepidly stated hypothetical argument in response to your comment and you think that suggests you hurt someone's feelings??! Now that's just weird...
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