The power of saying yes

Published 2:25 pm Saturday, September 23, 2017

Downtown Franklin, we are happy to say, is experiencing a rebirth of late. Thanks in large part to both private investment and government dollars, three new businesses officially opened their doors this week. Several existing structures have undergone significant renovation and restoration. New murals have added a splash of color. Rumors abound that even more downtown storefronts will be getting much-needed makeovers.

None of these things would have happened, however, were it not for one incredibly powerful decision; instead of continuing to say no, people have begun to say yes. They have said yes to working together, a prime example being the decision of the Downtown Franklin Association and FSEDI to partner on the highly successful Startup Downtown Franklin, the venture behind this week’s ribbon cuttings at Taylormade Fitness, Franklin’s Seafood and Steakhouse and Main Event. They have said yes to investing private dollars, buying buildings in need of repair and then giving them the facelifts they needed. They have said yes to bringing in outside consultants to help troubleshoot roadblocks to further downtown revitalization.

Downtown Franklin is indeed on the upswing, but there are still miles to go before it reaches its potential as the commercial and social hub of our region.

But people are beginning to say yes. And given our long-standing tradition of always saying no, it’s a refreshing and encouraging change of heart to say the least.