I read the letter Tom Clemons wrote, and I agree with him about the city's attempt to restore the charm of yesteryear to the downtown area. If Marshalltown wants to have a truly historic downtown, why not bring back the brick street on Main along with a trolley car that runs down the trolley tracks? Instead of having the Tallcorn building be apartments for low-rent housing, why not bring it back to the elegant hotel/restaurant it used to be. Have the penthouse suite be a honeymoon suite and bring back the ballroom and use it to host proms, weddings and parties. Bring back the steak and seafood restaurant. Use the hotel to attract tourists that want to come ride the trolley and shop downtown.
Business people from Fishers, Lennox, etc. can stay at the hotel and actually bring business downtown instead of the joke that the city is currently trying. Have Marshalltown downtown be a unique experience that you can't find elsewhere. Also, maybe a historic homes tour is possible - open Willard mansion back up for weddings. We have a lot of unique things in town that just get torn down or ignored. It's time to restore our town.