Most recently I read an article in the Register on the development of downtown Sandusky. While any idea is a step forward, I must say that I do not think attempting to turn downtown Sandusky into a replica of Crocker Park would be successful. The surrounding area does not have enough money to support the stores that would fill this shopping plaza, if they had even chose to come to Sandusky in the first place. Westlake has the money to do this, hence the success of Crocker Park.
I think Sandusky would be more successful if it tried to capitalize on the small businesses that were already downtown. Success from these businesses would attract more business. Small shops for the day time and restaurants for the evening would turn downtown into a historical entertainment district. I also believe that the many condominiums being built downtown are a step in the right direction!
Editor's note: Crocker Park is a privately owned outdoor shopping, business and residential mall in Westlake designed to look like a historic downtown.