It's understandable that some business owners along the newly renovated South Limestone would wonder whether the fancy new street is worth the business loss over nearly a year.
And let's hope the city government bureaucracy learned from its initial communication missteps that caught too many business owners off guard about the street's closing.
But it is reasonable to believe that making the street a lot easier and safer to walk, bike and drive on would actually prove good for business.
And the underground utilities, street lamps, new storm and sanitary sewers bring added value to an older part of Lexington.
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The $17 million street improvement is not make-pretty work for company.
It is one of several projects crucial to making a more pedestrian-friendly downtown and forming an appealing route from the University of Kentucky to the heart of the city.
It also adds a finishing touch to some of the renovations of historic properties and new construction in the area.
All that's needed now is for Lexington residents to patronize the diverse collection of Limestone businesses. It's worth it.