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Downtown Study

Posted on 27th April 2011 at 08:38

More than 100 people showed up for last night’s Longview downtown “Community Vision Session,” offering a plethora of ideas about what can be done to improve the downtown core. The Vision Session is part of the work being done as the city takes part in the America Downtown program being offered by the National League of Cities. Delores Palma is one of the consultants working on this, and she says that the goal is to develop an appealing city core, based on what local citizens want to see. Palma moderated a freewheeling 90-minute session, asking for input on what would be the best mix of uses in downtown, what kind of customers and users are wanted, the types of goods and services that should be offered, and what the downtown image should be. The Vision Session is just one of many meetings and conversations that Palma and her colleague, Doyle Hyett, are conducting, gathering input for the five-year “action plan” that’s under development. Hyett and Palma will gather up this information and develop the plan, with a goal of being back in Longview for a report on June 16th.