Let's make this about what works.
Sandusky's Main Street Association is well into its online survey about what people would like to see in downtown Sandusky.
Without looking at the results, it's a safe guess that what's been logged in so far represents everything from an ideal we'll never reach to a past that's gone forever.
But this survey of what we'd all like to see, in storefronts and empty upper stories, will have its uses in getting more people to think about possibilities.
Now, how to make this survey, this study, different from the stacks of other studies gathering dust and propping up tables at City Hall?
The list of what we'd like to see has to be stacked up against a realistic appraisal of what's possible. Economic realities from around the corner and from far beyond our city limits will dictate what can be done, but that should be a challenge, not a roadblock. Better to figure out what can be done, and do it, than to throw up our hands at the whole thing.
Yes, economic reality will impose limits on what we can achieve. Let's take it to the limit.
We might just find those limits are wider than we thought.