SAINT JOHN, N.B. – The man behind Marigolds on Main believes city officials are on the right track, when it comes to talks regarding the rejuvenation of Main Street.

At one point there were over 400 businesses and homes on Main.

Barry Ogden believes turning Main Street into a six lane roadway partly helped create the poverty in the north end.

“Because it isolated the north end. I’ve been coaching those kids for 40 years and I’ve watched the deterioration of the neighbourhood. Children can’t learn when they’re living next to a fire-trap slum. So all that fear prevents people from living in that community and learning.”

Ogden, believes the area needs more trees and green spaces.

Recently, Common Council agreed to investigate the idea of rebuilding Main Street through its economic development committee.