Piles of trash await visitors to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

The tragic fire at the Royal Dane Mall in Charlotte Amalie is another blow to our historic center in St. Thomas.

For years, the downtown has been struggling with many long-time stores closing their doors as well as the aftermath of two Category 5 hurricanes. In addition, renovations to Main Street and side streets have blocked businesses and made walking unpleasant for locals and tourists alike.