The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 23, 2013

Downtown still vibrant

The Commercial-News

---- — Members of Downtown Danville Inc. and others will celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary next week with a special event at one of downtown’s newest additions, Rich’s Deluxe restaurant.

Downtown Danville itself remains a vibrant mix of retail shops and professional offices, mostly along an almost always busy Vermilion Street.

Those who volunteer to help Dana Schaumburg, DDI’s executive director, know how busy the area can be. The Summer Sounds concerts grow each year and the recent Taste of Downtown — with its rapidly growing barbecue contest — and the upcoming Night of Lights Holiday Parade add to the area’s attractions.

It’s easy to to find area residents who still remember when large retail shops — Kresge, Sears, Woolworth’s and J.C. Penneys — called downtown home. Those national retailers have moved or closed, but their replacements continue to offer shoppers a wide variety of merchandise.

It’s easy for some people to be critical of downtown — where the Commercial-News’ offices are located, by the way — and to apply stereotypes to what goes on in the area. That noise comes from people who really don’t know what they are talking about. Downtown Danville remains strong, and, thanks to the efforts of Downtown Danville and its members, should stay thay way for some time to come.