Downtown Fairfield business owners gave ideas to revitalize that area of town in an article in Thursday’s Daily Republic.
Here are some comments on that article:
It’s difficult for me to drive in downtown Fairfield and parking is terrible. I don’t want to parallel park because I guess I’m not a good enough driver, but I guess that’s a lot of shoppers’ problem, too. I think also that there really isn’t a draw to go to downtown Fairfield, as in there’s nothing unique to visit.
One remedy might be to start at the storefronts and work to the middle of the street, removing everything. Then put in new sidewalks with diagonal parking like it used to be. Clean it up and add businesses that stay open longer and on weekends.
The problem with downtown Fairfield is that there are a large concentration of drug treatment, testing and counseling focused businesses within too small a geographic area. The zoning laws need to be changed to limit such businesses to one every three miles so they are spread throughout the city.
With the aging baby boomers looking to downsize and to live in a walkable community, the concept of creating a “senior village” downtown is my contribution to these ideas; a city within a city.
When they built the Theater downtown they had a whole redevelopment project BUT nobody ever followed through with it and it became a dangerous place to go, it has never improved. It's a shame because the potential was there 25 Years ago.