Granted, it may not solve all of the challenges of Main Street businesses but i am still surprised that any business owner wouldn't jump at the possibility of 3,000 new customers within a few miles of their Main Street. I think that Charlene and Cabot are right, but its only a guess by any of us, that the demographics of the people moving in fit into the heart of a high consumer group. By this I mean they are likely to be young, educated, employed and not in heavy debt. Mark, would you really turn that switch off if you had your hand on it? Why would you? And yes it would be great to change peoples buying habbits to support Main Street more, and yes it would be great if new Main Street business sold goods that appealed to people from Beacon and yes if Beacon shops stayed open later and with more reliability it would all help. I wish I knew how to make it happen.
I think Hudson Beach Glass could compete quite well with any commercial ventures on the Waterfront. That's the real fear isn't it? That the waterfront will have better parking, will be safer, and more interesting shops and restaurants than Main Street.