Job boom, condo boom… retail bust

Here’s an interesting trio of stories: The working economy here is booming so “experts” are calling on the city to encourage downtown construction, especially high-rises. But this is already happening, with three promoters vying to build the highest residential building in the city. Meantime, on the Main, merchants are hanging out signs saying they’re hiring but nobody’s biting.

But let’s not kid ourselves. Nobody is buying a downtown condo with the proceeds of a job in a storefront on the Main. That’s why nobody wants that work unless they can’t find anything else.