Earlier this week Trenton welcomed a new Foot Locker store into the downtown business district in a move that city officials heralded as an important step in the revitalization of downtown.
“It is significant to have Foot Locker,” said Mayor Douglas H. Palmer in a statement in Friday’s Times of Trenton. “It is an affirmation of their belief in our capital city.”
City officials touted the opening of many new businesses downtown over the past year, including several retailers and successful restaurants, as a sign that things are slowly moving in the right direction.
But downtown Trenton has not yet shed its perception of being “empty”.
Years ago, Trenton boasted one of the best shopping districts in the area, frequently being the destination for residents purchasing high-end products from world-famous retailers.
But nowadays downtown Trenton is better known as a nine-to-five weekday shopping destination, with little to no foot traffic on the weekends and very few shops open for business.
While Trenton city officials continue to point to small successes like Friday’s opening of the Foot Locker, they need to realize that to take bigger steps in the right direction, the city will require better leadership and carefully-crafted policy.
This policy needs to address greater social realities and use the city’s tools and assets to stimulate growth in the downtown district and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Details will follow….