A few months ago we talked about budgets, and where the downtown business district (also referred to as “CityWalk”, or “FSBD”, or just “S. Florissant”) gets its money from and what it spends it on.
As Spring blossoms we hope you are starting to enjoy a lot of what the downtown business district spends its money on.
Did you go to the Food Truck event on Monday, April 18? This event is sponsored by the downtown business district. Food Trucks will be at the Plaza at 501 on the 3rd Monday of every month, April – October. Planning on going to the opening of the Ferguson Farmers Market on Saturday, May 7, at the Victorian Plaza? It’s another event sponsored by the downtown business district. The Farmers Market will be open from 8am – noon every Saturday, May through October.
How about one of the free outdoor concerts? It’s free to you, but someone has to pay the musicians. The downtown business district takes care of that. These free concerts are held at the Plaza at 501, 7-9pm, on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, May – September (the 4th Friday concert of September will be rolled in StreetFest).
Speaking of StreetFest, or Northern Lights, or even the Twilight Run, the downtown business district donates generously towards those events. And far from Spring, the year will end with the Christmas Carriage Rides, also a free event paid for by the downtown business district.
Have you noticed a pattern to these events? They are all designed to pull people, whether residents or those living in the surrounding area, to the downtown business district. When people come to a business district like ours, they spend money in local businesses, or at the very least, they notice the businesses we have and come back later to patronize them.
Last time, I said that “Explaining how a TIF district works is beyond the scope of this column…”, but maybe we’ll take swipe at it one of these times.