Why is the city more concerned about downtown than any other part of the city?
Most of the presentation is about downtown. When you are looking for services, most say they are focused on the neighborhoods. When will you put efforts into the neighborhoods?
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What we have learned by studying other cities is that they have started by revitalizing their urban core – the downtown, the hub where businesses have flourished. We moved away from that, and now we are coming back to it. We know we can’t stop there. We have to connect the neighborhoods to downtown – that’s where our sub-area plans come in. It’s not that we are not paying attention to the rest of the city – there is a lot going on in many locations – but we know we have to start with the core development. We need all components – more events, and housing options, for example – to move forward on that, and be successful in economic development. In 2020 we will begin conversations with those target sub-areas.