Joe LeBlanc's projects
More trees and green space.
Bike lanes. Bike racks.
Self-guided tours of the Washington Street Historic District with historic markers throughout the district.
Community run, non-profit bookstore and movie house.
Regular outdoor food festivals
Local restaurant week
More housing along the river
Promote green energy in all new downtown development
Arts space with artist resident housing
Implement/support downtown culinary arts program currently under study at NECC
Temporary tax breaks for new commercial businesses in the downtown.
Pedestrians are drawn to attractive spaces. The limited green space in the downtown should be beautifully maintained. Give it night lighting. The area around Dale Rogers' statue in Washington Square needs the attention of a landscape designer. Ditto for Columbus Park. Both areas could offer free wifi and spaces to plug in electronic devices.
The areas behind the Tap look neglected. Businesses might/should adopt the downtown mini-parks and make them look beautiful 365 days a year.
More public art downtown.
Support small retailers with an aggressive and regular marketing campaign that reaches out to residents and visitors via Facebook, Twitter and other online options. Endlessly promote the restaurants and what retail presence we have.
Explore free wifi in the downtown.