It's rough being a small-business owner, especially when a construction project chokes off access to your business. That's the case of a Bailey Road florist (just down the street from Extra Value Liquors), who says business has fallen off 75 percent since the city closed the Bailey Road Bridge for a summer reconstruction project.
His beef is that he thinks the city didn't do a very good job notifying the neighborhood about the project. He wishes the city got residents and business owners together at a meeting to talk about it. The city says it sent letters, publicized the work and featured it prominently on its Web site, and that this isn't the sort of debate-driven issue that warrants a meeting.
What say you? Should the city have conducted a neighborhood meeting about this project? Is this just the case of a merchant whose seen his sales slashed venting his frustration at the city? Overall, how well do you think the city communicates with its residents and merchants?