Lack of Curb Appeal Hurts Dowtown

In Ashtabula, Ohio, City Manager Tony Cantagallo is incensed that a handful of downtown businesses neglecting their storefronts are holding back the attempts to revitalize Main Avenue.

From the Ashtabula Star-Beacon: "'They say we can't get tenants,' Cantagallo says, pausing at an empty store front with yellowed paper peeling away from the window. 'Drive by this place. Would you want to be a tenant?'

Cantagallo points out the eyesores, as if they are not painfully obvious, as he walks the street: a facade painted with colors reminiscent of a 1968 VW painted by hippies on a bad trip; dirty windows with rotting carpet, falling plaster and decaying backdrops; rooms filled with the dirty remnants of a long-gone retail attempt."

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