The Factory Street reconstruction challenge is leading to criticism and a recognition the slow as snails process is decimating business. Some may be left in such a precarious spot, they may not recover. One diner reports a 60% loss in business.
At this point, the neighborhood can just wait it out and hope the latest predictions are true. Opening Mill Street after Labor Day will help, and many merchants are keeping a stiff upper lip, employing gallows humor to get by.