Editor, The News:

Last spring, when I moved to New Castle, I heard a man say the city would be dead in 20 years.

At the time I thought, “What a pessimist.” Now I am beginning to believe that he was actually being optimistic. With the decisions being made by our city council, we will be lucky to make it another 10 years.

I am referring specifically to the latest news on the Cascade Center at the Riverplex.

It’s great that there are organizations that want to help at-risk youth, but you don’t plan your downtown recovery around that type of organization.

The Lawrence County Economic Corp. actually wants to bring businesses back to the downtown area, including offices, retail and restaurants. Just the type of development that will encourage other businesses to relocate here.

The council also has approved a three-month agreement with Nicholas Binder to serve as a downtown revitalization consultant. The man must be a miracle worker if he can market the area and revitalize it in just three months.

Bringing a city back from near death is a long-term project. It requires a long-term investment and a lot of hard work.

I know that it can be done and the residents of New Castle would be so grateful. Perhaps the city council could consider a volunteer committee to do some research, leg work and present ongoing ideas as to what New Castle needs to do to bring it back to life.

Wendy Wojcik

East Englewood Avenue

New Castle

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