Moose Jaw’s buildings are only assets if they’re being used.
The downtown area — not only limited to Main Street North — is the heart of this city. Every stoic, old brick building is a reminder of Moose Jaw’s history.
Respecting history doesn’t mean the city has to collect dust.
Moose Jaw is a growing and vibrant community right now. There are young entrepreneurs and reliable local businesses here.
It’s exceptionally heartbreaking to walk past so many empty storefronts. Potentially perfect locations and beautiful buildings are being wasted.
Some of these empty stores have cracked windows, windowsills covered in dirt and dust. Others don’t look like all of the merchandise was removed.
These vacant windows and storefronts do not match the character of Moose Jaw.
People in this city like to see people from this city succeed. Considering where our economy was five years ago, we’re now able to support each other again.
And not everyone who spends money in Moose Jaw lives here. There’s an obvious population swell on Saturdays as tourists come to check out the tunnels, the spa or small local businesses.
Moose Jaw is a great city to walk in. The people are friendly and the downtown area is compact.
Walking past attractive window displays is an advantage that smaller cities have. Walking past half-deserted storefronts is depressing.
Moose Javians are very concerned about road maintenance and water lines. Both are important services. But people rarely mention the quick turnover of businesses in the past.
There are businesses and restaurants still listed online that are closed.
Businesses close. That’s inevitable.
But Dutch Bakery was a family-owned operation for five decades. Oliv’s first store was in Moose Jaw and now it has nation-wide stores.
This community will support what it likes and that’s admirable.
While supporting the local businesses we already have, we should encourage new ones.
We can start by encouraging ourselves. Ideas start with sparks.
Next time you walk past an empty storefront in Moose Jaw, think about what you would open there.
This city has a history worth preserving and a future worth pursuing.
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