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Letter to the Editor: Downtown is dying

— To the editor:

I recently I had the opportunity to hang out with an old friend. We decided to walk downtown The Dalles. We quickly learned that there is not much at all to do downtown.

We thought it would be interesting to walk the entire downtown Second street and count how many vacant shops there are.

We were shocked when our count reached 21 vacant store fronts and that was just on Second Street!

When will the city officials realize that our town is dying and do something about it? We need a good variety of shops and restaurants in our downtown area to promote tourism which would strengthen our economy and create the jobs we desperately need. 21 vacant shops just on downtown Second Street alone is truly a very sad situation.

Leslie Hope

The Dalles

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