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LETTER: Market, lack of ground-level retail make it difficult to shop downtown

'It would be nice if the market was moved from downtown. ... I’d love to shop downtown if there were more retail spaces at ground level, too.'
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Re: "'Strike when the iron is hot': council revisits downtown," The Gazette, April 13.

We’ve lived three blocks from downtown for more than 20 years. We never got into the habit of shopping downtown because we bought our house in July, when the Farmers' Market was in full swing. Ever since, the street in front of our house is bumper-to-bumper parked cars all summer long with people who walk to the market.

It is crowded, noisy, and for the longest time people would bring their dogs, kids, huge strollers, and wagons, making it difficult for someone with a mild disability to navigate the sidewalks and street.

It would be nice if the market was moved from downtown. Maybe use area in front of City Hall, the street towards Red Willow Place, and the parking lot behind the curling club.  

I’d love to shop downtown if there were more retail spaces at ground level, too. But who grants the licences and permits for all those dentists, doctors, and other health professionals? Oh, that would be City Hall, I believe. If there were rent controls, maybe coffee shops really could make it.

Judy Morton, St. Albert