Letter: Downtown upgrades useless without grocery store
Until De Soto has a grocery store it won't do any good to try to attract other new businesses. As long as De Soto residents have to drive several miles to do grocery shopping or to work, they will shop and buy in the areas where they do grocery shopping.
Instead of spending this money on trying to beautify the downtown, wait until a grocery store is willing to come to town and then work on the outward appearances.
The best thing that could be done right now is to repair cracked and broken sidewalks. The other is just fluff.