It was a hard decision to remove the Streetscape bond from the November ballot, but I believe the right one. Hard because of the years of dialogue, design, hope and outreach for a shared vision of a vibrant downtown, a community hub, a persistent idea that seeks a form and time in which to birth. And right because our Council underestimated the degree of opposition from local businesses for this particular bond. Because as Mayor Clark said, “They are a life blood of our community,” as integral and valuable as our children, schools, parks and creative arts. In fact, one of the byproducts of their work, the “sales tax,” makes up a big portion of our town’s revenues. Shops and residents are interdependent. We cannot create a buzzing hub without them. They are us.