Dear owners of businesses on 50th Street:
Some of you are making your premises quite attractive, for example Ponoka Square is newly painted and the gardens along the sidewalk are, as usual, attractively filled an maintained; the boulevard plantings at the new Shoppers Drug Mart look nicely done and clear of litter and weeds. The bowling alley’s refinished front sure perks up their building and The Brick enhances the block. The laundry grounds are neat and the Quick Lube can take pride in their landscaping.
Some other properties have weeds, litter and neglected landscaping. Broken windows, dirty old paint and ratty lettering on signs give 50th Street a rather dingy, uncared for tone. If you want a more attractive neighbour to bring more business to your door, check out the polish on your premises.
And take note of the pedestrian traffic in the lane. How about sponsoring the art department at Ponoka Composite High School for murals? Could you install an entrance from the lane? If not, at least put your name on your premises so pedestrians will know which block you’re in.
Encourage people to pick up litter by having more litterbins nearby. Inform town hall of irregular walks that discourage folks with aching joints. Butt containers that are empty-proof help. Push for a public washroom in the area to attract browsers.