Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Help Struggling Businesses

For several months now, I have noticed the increasing number of empty storefronts downtown. King Street, Washington Street, Pitt Street -- all have “For Rent” signs now. Most recently, Walgreens on King Street closed on March 5.

Walgreens was a friendly neighborhood pharmacy which was necessary to many people, including myself. I inquired and learned that Walgreens closed because rents downtown were growing too high.

As rents were becoming too high and driving businesses out when times were normal, the problem is now exacerbated by the coronavirus. City Council should consider lowering or freezing rents in order to support struggling small businesses.

Carolyn Ostrom

Alexandria, Va.

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