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San Luis Obispo 
is one town 

One recent announcement about the Dalidio Ranch property was that the shopping center was going to be like Fig Garden Village in Fresno. By the time this news could reach the downtown powers, there was a new announcement. The new plans for a shopping center now include big box stores that would mimic what SLO already has. More big box stores will only put current ones out of business.

Downtown political powers believe that this type of shopping center, aka lifestyle center, will steal business away from downtown. Yet, Marsh Street Commons has no plans for national retailers. Apple and Flip Flop shops have been the only new downtown retailers to open in five years, and the Sports Authority building remains vacant.

The reason retailers don’t open in downtown is because it’s too costly to rent or build. We also know that Macy’s has plans to close many of their downtown department stores this year! If the downtown powers believe they can get national retail stores and Macy’s, then let’s see it. “It’s one town, not downtown.” That should be the new mantra for San Luis Obispo.

-- David Pecci - Pismo Beach

-- David Pecci - Pismo Beach

-- David Pecci - Pismo Beach

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