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Downtown Strasburg living tour this Saturday

By Sally Voth - svoth@nvdaily.com

A unique and free tour this Saturday will showcase the benefits of living and working in downtown Strasburg.

Titled "Everything Old is New Again," the tour is noon to 6 p.m., and includes stops on East and West King streets and North Massanutten Street.

There will be music in Hometown Park throughout the day.

According to a news release from event co-chairwoman Marcy McCann, eight business owners will open up their homes to encourage more residents and businesses to move downtown.

According to the release, the tour is being sponsored by Hometown Strasburg, the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce, the town and the Strasburg Heritage Association.

"This tour is meant to stir interest in living and shopping in the historic downtown corridor," McCann states in an email. "It strives to let people know that they can enjoy life in a historic downtown apartment, run to the bank, drop off a letter, pay a water bill, grab a cup of coffee, and be back home in time to stop in for live music in one of several places within a block of home. It is just one component of the overall downtown economic revitalization efforts of the many business owners and the town."

Businesses will be open, and there will be specials at restaurants, according to Hometown Strasburg's website. It lists two starting points for the tour: 244 W. King St., and 110 N. Massanutten St.

"Obviously, it brings people downtown and it's yet another way to showcase the businesses that we have and the spaces that we have," Councilman and Strasburg Chamber of Commerce President Rich Orndorff said of the tour. "The whole theme is the old buildings that have been renovated and remodeled and refurbished. This also goes hand-in-hand with the economic development effort that we're working [on] with Hometown Strasburg, [the] chamber, the town council, the mayor, town staff...trying to revitalize downtown."


Why bother?!?!?! Strasburg's board is so out of touch with reality that it would stun the most hardened voter in the world. Strasburg has nothing to offer other than high taxes and repressed living. Yet I am sure we will get those "bump outs" to make downtown prettier. Yep, just what we need is another traffic obstruction.

The town has no clue, other than how to spend money that will do nothing to bring people to town to shop. They need parking. bit no we will waste time and money taking away parking on Massanutten Street and putting up a sign warning pedestrians of a drive way that has never been a problem. But since the town wants to be stupid my mission is to make sire they paint off the curbing on King Street and post ugly signs at those 10 active alley ways that are used much more than ours.

The tour's not going to include the scenic entrance to town? Burger King, McDonalds, Car Wash, etc., and last but not least, the Ramada sign and stairway to nowhere?

Hey folks get the Strasburg town council to adopt the Red Hall mindset of frugality that would lower taxes. That would fill apartments and stir business better than this idea or any others you may come up with!

This the first time our Chamber has made a positive step to help the businesses on King Street.

If you are a citizen of Strasburg the Let's try to support the businesses downtown. If you don't support the shops and restaurants then all you will have is the Burger King, Mc Donalds, and Dennys to eat at when you don't want to cook at home.

It would also be great if the citizens support the shops downtown. Everyone on King Street is trying to make a living.

Strasburg is still the jackass of the valley no matter what kind of a tail these committees are trying to pin on it. We were always the last to get any new stores back then and it is the same now. If you want to really shop you have to go to Front Royal or Winchester to get it. If the town did get a store they never had any selection of what you wanted, just the necessities and that has never changed. It's slowly getting worse now with junk shops and cafes that come and go with the seasons. They are presented in freshly painted historic fronts that only serves to cover up the rest of the dilapidated building, which should have been bulldozed years ago. So when they say old things new again. It's not the old I want.
How about really trying something new for a change instead of being stuck in the 18 century Strasburg!

How many of you whining complaininers spend your time volunteering with Hometown Strasburg, or the Strasburg Heritage Association?

Surely your brilliance could be put to use coming up with better ideas, and implementing them.

I wonder how many of the complainers I see commenting on everything that happens in Strasburg have ever lived anywhere else. Perhaps if you have seen other parts of the country, you would better appreciate what a lovely little town you have. Strasburg is beautiful. There is so much to see and do in this area. There are involved citizens, and committed business owners. People willing to sacrifice of themselves to try to make this town better. Try coming in with a clear head and see it like its the first time. Strasburg is overflowing with potential. But everytime someone suggests trying something that hasn't been done every year since 1870, they get smacked down by the stubborn populace. Who then complain about how Strasburg is stuck in the past.

That is exactly what is wrong with Strasburg. Too damn many committees, hometown this and heritage that with all the nosy busybodies trying to run other peoples lives. Telling us what the town should look like, or what they want it to look like, and that is the problem. Building bumpouts on mainstreet that no one wants and sticking flowers under our noses that no one cares about. All this done to a ghost town mainstreet that any sane business person would ever think of opening a store. This downtown does have potential, but will never reach it as long as it keeps going in the direction it is now. There is just too many fingers in the pie.

THAT is what's wrong with Strasburg? Too many people voluntarily trying to make it better? Especially those pesky flower planters?

1955 is gone, and it's not coming back. Not even to Strasburg.

Your nice little town is going to move forward, either with you, or without you.

Your choice is whether you are going to step up, or step aside,

Sometimes it is better to accept the reality that Strasburg will never have a Main Street like other towns this size. Instead of trying to copy some other town you need to build on its own unique identity. Nobody likes a copycat. The saddest part is the "damage" that was done years ago as a result of poor leadership and lack of planning has altered Strasburg's personality forever and it was all governed under the hands of locals.

I don't see how this town can move forward snarks. The dumb asses in City Hall that just passed the historic mandates took us back to your 1955 date and beyond. How can the town move ahead with a bunch of old buildings on main street that you can never change. Oh sorry...I should have said HICKstoric buildings.
You are also right Spanky. This town is just going to look like all the rest of the cookie cutter towns in the valley. Just another tourist trap with novelty shops along main street. And the sad part is that the home owners down town have to pay the ultimate price for City Hall's fiasco.

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