Improving Downtown Dickinson | VideoAlex Hagan | 10/16/2012
Brenda Schumacher has only owned Stix and Twigs café in downtown Dickinson for four months, and in that short amount of time, she has had plenty of business.
"We have noticed the oil field traffic has increased our customer clientele."
More traffic downtown is prompting city leaders to talk about making it more attractive to newcomers.
"We miss a central place where the community gathers," Schumacher said.
City leaders would like more shops like Schumacher`s downtown.
"Downtowns that are retail and food service oriented, you have restaurants, and retail they generally succeed a little more often than downtowns have more service industry," said Dickinson Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cooper Whitman.
That means working with an architect who can show how a revitalized downtown might look like.
"There`s a general kind of clean up, fix up, paint up that can happen here, there`s in fill that can happen, there`s expansion to existing buildings. All that`s potential that resides here," said V3 Studios architect Gary Reddick.
Reddick studios has worked with many downtown projects, including a recent revitalization of Minot. He says fixing up Dickinson is important for the community.
"People move to where there`s a high quality of sense of place and they move away from places that don`t seem to be embracing that."
For residents, preventing the community from becoming just a boom town is important as well.
"You can embrace it and figure out a way to shape it," Whitman said.
But if they don`t shape up downtown, that`s exactly what Dickinson could end up being. Reddick and city leaders held a public discussion tonight, giving residents input on how to make downtown more attractive.