It is the question we've been asking ourselves for years now: what exactly does The Levee need to look like as we head into the future.
It's no secret that the Levee precinct has been struggling with empty shops, high rents and the ease of online shopping all playing contributing roles.
It has resulted in The Mercury doing a series of stories on the challenges Levee traders face.
Some saw it as negative - but it was never meant to be. We only ever wanted the city centre to be a thriving hub that complemented Green Hills ... and hoped our series highlighted the issues that businesses there face.
So it was pleasing to get a press release from council last last week on the findings of their survey into what Maitland residents want from The Levee.
More hybrid shops matched with a diverse food and beverage offering including a butcher, gourmet deli, patisserie, fresh produce, markets, cellar bar, restaurants and street food.
Sounds good to us.
It's obvious to thrive The Levee can't be another Green Hills, but must have a unique feel, a point of difference.
The bespoke food options - from fresh produce to gourmet deli offerings - sound great. Add them to a busy coffee scene, a range of pubs and restaurants, and a thriving art strip and it's a formula that could really work.
If we could add in a couple more bespoke clothing outlets then maybe they're onto a winner. Let's hope so.
Oh, and on an other matter, we couldn't help but enjoy the advice of 106-year-old Iris Haw on the secret to her longevity.
"Lots of chocolate and never getting married," she said.
I mentioned it to my wife: she couldn't agree more.
Rick Allen, Editor