Economic and demographic forces in American small towns over the past 40 years have created powerful centripetal forces that continue to work against communities trying to maintain their historic centers. Outside developers who have little sense of the community and its traditions and values know there is quicker money to be made on the outskirts, especially when downtown parking is limited.
Danville has been more successful than most towns in balancing new growth on the outskirts with continual revitalization in the downtown area. Keeping the new Post Office downtown was one battle Mayor Bowling and others won in Danville's long and successful campaign to maintain its historic identity.
We now face a decision even more important than where the Post Office would be built. I urge all five of our city fathers to continue the progressive, far-sighted approach that Danvillians have bravely taken in the past, and to vote to issue the bonds necessary to build a parking structure downtown.