The city of El Centro on Saturday celebrated the reopening of its Town Square, a center point for a project aimed at rejuvenating the city's historic downtown. We are hopeful the project will accomplish what city officials and business leaders think it can.
The upgrading of the city's downtown has come at a hefty price, but the downtown does look better, for the most part, although there still is much work to do until the downtown fits the model the city has for the area.
A project of such magnitude takes time and must be done in steps. The city and area businesses already have taken key steps by providing funding that allowed for the building of the Town Square, new landscaping in the area and other upgrades.
Still, there is going to have to be continued support and funding to maintain what has been done and rejuvenate the area. We know we might sound like we are harping on this, but we hope the business facade rehabilitation program gets some momentum soon. Some businesses have done marvelous work already, but some is not enough.