Remember the days when Decatur's Second Avenue Southeast bustled with shoppers, anxious to spend their money in retail stores?
Ralph Jones does. Even as he sinks more money into another downtown building, he is dejected that downtown Decatur lacks what retailers need: residents.
No one wants to live downtown without a convenient retail presence, Jones said, but retailers are reluctant to invest in downtown shops without the revenue that would come from downtown residents. The downtown evacuation at 5 p.m. and weekends creates an enormous obstacle to retail success.