We suppose we should be grateful for small favors: At least the Danville City Commission didn't turn down a proposal to issue bonds for a downtown parking garage.
Yet we remain confused about the message Mayor John W.D. Bowling and his supporters on the Commission - Ryan Owens and Chester Kavanaugh - are sending to the community about the development of downtown Danville.
The reason we're confused is that the conditions placed on approval of a bond issue will just make the job of those trying to develop the Hub-Gilcher property that much harder. It's as if the city favors improvements downtown, but only if it can take none of the risk and reap all of the rewards.
That lack of clarity in the message is what makes an already difficult task - developing the Hub-Gilcher property - even more difficult. People making major investments in that property - tenants, banks, the federal and state governments - need to know that the local government is fully behind the project. About all they can get out of the mish-mash of measures passed by the City Commission Monday is that the support of local government is lukewarm.