City officials seek inspiration
Hagerstown could get ideas about how to solve or avoid problems by finding out how other cities handle them, City Councilman J. Wallace McClure said Tuesday.
McClure, during a work session, said there are specific things he wants council members, the mayor and department heads to look for when they scan newspapers from various cities for the next three months.
They include how other cities:
- Draw people downtown.
- Provide incentives for businesses to locate downtown.
- Handle vacant buildings, such as restoration or demolition.
- Deal with low-income residents and panhandlers.
- Recognize and reward community pride.
City officials also should note problems other cities face that Hagerstown officials should strive to avoid, McClure said.