A recent post I made regarding my thoughts on the roles played by downtown churches has provoked some differing comments. It has got me to thinking that it would be interesting to see what opinions SJ readers have regarding the history, present and future of Frankforts downtown area. I for one have lived downtown (southside) for 18 years now. I am absolutely in love with this area although I get very frustrated at some of what I regard as poor decisions by local officials regarding our older neighborhoods. It makes me scratch my head that private property owners have to meet so many guidelines when repairing their homes and buildings while city and county officials continue to build throwbacks to Soviet-era buildings of poured concrete and glass. These building projects have little regard as to whether they fit in with existing nearby structures and no private property owner would ever receive permission to build a structure such as the police station or even the new courthouse. I am a preservationist, but I am not a preserve-at-any-cost preservationist thus I would rather see 2 or 3 old downtown buildings restored and reused rather than one old "Y" building for the same amount of dollars spent. At the same time, I believe that if the owners of the old "Y" are spending their own funds then they have every right to do so. How about it folks? What is your idea for downtown? One poster on here has stated that they dont really think the old architecture is all that pretty but I would be interested to know what kind of architecture they appreciate. Lets not use this as a springboard to be critical of one anothers opinion but to just put ideas out. Perhaps someone of the "movers and shakers" of the community will pick up on some great idea posted here.