Oh, the accusations are flying every which way. It's because of the drought.
It's because of the rain. It's because of the town administrators. It's because of the construction. It's because of lack of trees. It's because of too many trees. Not enough parking. Not enough population. Not enough money. Not enough of anything, and too much of everything else.
For whatever reasons you believe to be the cause of the demise of Main Street (insert your town) USA, I, too, am to blame. How often have I decided to shop from the convenience of my home computer because I was too lazy, too busy, too cheap, too picky, or just having a bad hair day? Though I do my best to keep my money local whenever possible, I admit I am guilty of the death of Main Street (insert your town) USA.
Business owners, ask yourselves: Am I always here when I say I will be? Are my prices competitive? Is my product fresh and well-presented? Are my employees knowledgeable? Are we polite? Is there service after the sale? Do I treat everyone with respect? Do I provide quality? Do I listen to what my customers want?
Town administrators, are there incentives for new businesses wanting to locate here? Are business owners treated with respect and consideration when new projects are being discussed? Are the needs of all sectors of the population being met?
Remember, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. My solutions? Shop local whenever possible. Buy from local artists, farmers, craftspeople, etc. If you have the money, don't be embarrassed to spend it. Eat out. Tip well. Buy gifts. Remodel your bathroom. Support the food charities with quality items.