We have long thought that El Centro's historic downtown was its jewel, albeit a jewel that needed some shining.
A good start on that shining was a recent downtown renovation project that brought a charming meeting area, improvements to streets, parking and landscaping and some building facade rehabilitation. Downtown looks better, although we would still like to see more facelifts for buildings.
Still, if the downtown is going to keep its new attractiveness and grow even nicer, maintenance needs to be done. The city, therefore, is contemplating establishing business improvement and lighting maintenance districts for Main Street between Fourth and Eighth streets and some connected areas.
We support these plans. The districts would provide sidewalk sweeping, tree maintenance, graffiti removal, security, economic development, marketing and promotion and parking-related actions. Other activities that could help the area would be unique to one district or the other.