L-burg Alliance exploring options on increasing traffic

Friday, April 23, 2010

From charter to chalk, the Lewisburg Downtown Alliance continued to lay plans Tuesday night on how to draw visitors and businesses to the Courthouse Square.

The group met in the Corner Café and reached a consensus that members should capitalize on the String Fling music show to be held in Rock Creek Park on May 15, and monthly Cruise In car shows starting May 28 on the Square.

A chalk art contest on the Square could be organized for the last Saturdays of each month when typically fathers and sons cruise in for classic car and antique auto watching. Chalk art might provide something more for wives and younger siblings, said Ken Todd, proprietor of Too Squared Photography and Imaging Services.

"Every time there's a Cruise In," Todd said, "it's a great opportunity to draw in more people."

Meanwhile, Bob Binkley, whose law office is just east of the Square on Commerce Street, has helped LDA draft a new charter. Group leaders reviewed it Tuesday and made modest changes.

One change was to add student memberships for the LDA. Other memberships are for individuals, families, businesses, patrons and partners.

Members were encouraged to help increase the LDA's profile on the Internet-based Facebook. Postings of photos of buildings in downtown Lewisburg have attracted attention, but that seems to have diminished recently, so more postings were encouraged.

Design standards for downtown buildings have also been discussed, but the group hasn't yet taken bold and far-reaching steps toward imposing restrictions.

In previous meetings, the group endorsed a logo for the group. It includes initials, an image of the courthouse and the group's slogan.