Sarah - I'd question how long you have been around downtown. The true businesses are those that have brick and mortar locations, pay taxes (city and state)and contribute to downtown's environment and economy 365 days a year. they get impacted by road closures more than sporadic unjuried vendors who set up a folding table once a week and only pay $50 per year to the city from what I'm told. But the businesses are business minded so they realize the need to improve older infrastructure to keep downtown vital in years to come.
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