These past few years, there has been a push to rejuvenate the downtown areas of many cities. It seems to be a frequent topic in the local newspapers.
I feel one key component is always left out when they discuss downtown revitalization: hours of operation. One of the reasons I hate the 9:00-5:30 shift is that nothing is open before work, and nothing is open after work, except for the big box and chain stores. Now, I don’t work those hours, so I can shop downtown if I want to (second shift is by far my favorite, if I have to work anyway). But many people who live in the cities do work those hours. I would even dare say that most people in cities do, unless they work a manufacturing job, at a big box store, or work in a hospital.
If the downtowns are ever going to be brought back to life, the stores need to be open at times that are convenient for people who work—you know, the types that are actually likely to have money to spend at the stores! :smack: Until they realize this, then people will continue to run their errands at the big box, national chains, because those places are open when they have time to shop.