Steinwehr Avenue business owner, Tom Crist, is now convinced that the recent move of the Gettysburg Visitor Center is alone responsible for declining sales:
The Steinwehr Avenue
shop owner and president of the street's business organization was, in
fact, "optimistic" tourists would still find their way to restaurants,
souvenir shops and other venues.
Four months later, Crist says there's "no doubt about it."
Businesses haven't just suffered this year because of the
visitor center, which used to be located just down the street from the
popular tourist hub. They've been devastated by it, Crist said. "It's not just Steinwehr Avenue," he added. "It's all over town."
Eric Uberman, owner of The American Civil War Museum in Gettysburg, is against an admission fee for the new Visitor Center, but if they are going to go ahead with it suggests that it should be higher than $7.50. Why? Because it would allow his site to remain competitive.
Sounds like we are going further down Gettysburg's Rabbit hole. With that in mind let me propose a solution. Since the primary goal of the business owners is profit, why not petition the National Park Service and the town of Gettysburg to re-zone a chunk of the battlefield between the new VC and Steinwehr Ave. for commercial purposes. If they extend the business district closer to the new VC than the people will have a shorter distance to walk for all of their junk.