Malls are killing downtowns | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

"All over America, and for many years now, downtowns that began in the horse-and-buggy age are declining, while Americans drive by automobiles to the malls."

To the editor:

I recently read the article by Carolyn Ossorio, “Discussing downtown with the mayor over coffee.”

She and the mayor are wondering about “how to go about creating a vibrant and bustling downtown.” I can mention a few reasons why downtown is deteriorating: “The Landing,” and before that, strip malls scattered all over the suburban neighborhoods of Renton.

This is a problem by no means unique to Renton. All over America, and for many years now, downtowns that began in the horse-and-buggy age are declining, while Americans drive by automobiles to the malls that have plenty of parking and clean elegant stores and restaurants. Meanwhile, downtown businesses leave and give way to second-hand stores.

I admire business people like the owner of Renton Book Exchange, who are struggling to survive in downtown Renton.

Brent Begalka,
Renton

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