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Nov 11, 2014 2:25 PM

Some officials say tourism negatively affecting downtown Portsmouth


PORTSMOUTH - There are concerns in Portsmouth about how the tourism industry may have a negative impact. City Councilor Esther Kennedy says she's heard from many who feel it can be too crowded for them to enjoy places like market square.

City manager John Bohenko disagrees.

"We certainly have a lot of residents who come downtown, especially this week. This week is restaurant week in Portsmouth and it's a huge success," Bohenko said.

Rodger Shosa lived in Portsmouth for twenty years before he moved away. He said, "I don't find tourism as being the problem, too much money to live to here. People are being priced out."

The growing cost of living and owning a business are also of concern to some city councilors.

"So the small business owner we're losing left and right, little tiny businesses. We just recently lost a shoe store, we've lost a jewelry store. So we're losing some of those small businesses that really made Portsmouth Portsmouth," Kennedy said.

According to Bohenko, there are eight thousand jobs at the International Tradeport at Pease. He says it's the vibrant downtown that's attracting so many businesses. But he does agree there is room for improvement. He said, "The improvement that's needed is a new parking garage and we're working on that right now."


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