The strip is an easy target for criticism because the mall is gone, but there are actually a lot of new businesses that have opened in the last ten years or so... new Bob Evans, Steak n Shake, Golden Lily, Savers, Oasis, Harbor Freight Tools, Rite Aid, Waffle House, Paddy Jack's, Oasis, Subway, new Shell station, new McDonald's, Walgreen's, Blue Agave, Masala, Replay, Boomers, etc. Toys R Us, Keybank, and Olive Garden - the mall heyday veterans - are holding strong, and the Genesis Dreamplex has been repurposed. The vehicle count is high. Reynolds may not have fashion retailers anymore, but it's still a relatively vibrant commercial district.
Demolishing the monument to blight (clarion hotel) will be a major positive for the area. I'm looking forward to the new home store and other good things to follow.