To the editor:
Start building your community's skills and awareness of the benefits of an improved downtown.
It is to be expected that most community members will not have experience in adaptive reuse or rehabilitation of buildings How, then, to build their skills? Here are some suggestions:
Work with the local paper to run a series of informative articles. Example: What is a storefront improvement?
Ask your local library to set up a collection of documents and videos on relevant subjects.
Work with elementary and high school teachers to teach important concepts to students.
Schedule speakers (possibly community members) on planning and environmental topics.
Set up a website to distribute information and answer questions.
Work with local colleges and night schools to offer relevant seminars and courses.
Have informal question-and-answer sessions in citizens' homes.
Distribute informational brochures.
Offer an environmental walking tour of your community.
Robert Herbert Cochran
Born and raised in Saranac Lake