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Old July 6th, 2007, 04:29 AM   #21
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The design is nice but it is a shame that the height was reduced.
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Old July 7th, 2007, 05:48 AM   #22
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The design is nice but it is a shame that the height was reduced.
As a forty-year resident of Fort Wayne, I can testify that it's typical. Most grand proposals here get watered down to about half in the actual execution, if they get done at all.

After seeing the first-class job on the Allen County Public Library, I've become cautiously optimistic - with the emphasis on "cautiously" - that Fort Wayne may be turning the corner. It's likely there will be more cuts on Harrison Square before any dirt is moved, and I just hope that in the process they leave room for it to grow to its full potential.

This is Fort Wayne, where vast concepts often give way to half-vast results.

I'm skeptical, not cynical. My skepticism comes from experience, but I haven't given up hope. I just get impatient with the pace of change here. Remember, I said I'm cautiously optimistic.
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Old July 7th, 2007, 11:40 PM   #23
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As a forty-year resident of Fort Wayne, I can testify that it's typical. Most grand proposals here get watered down to about half in the actual execution, if they get done at all.

After seeing the first-class job on the Allen County Public Library, I've become cautiously optimistic - with the emphasis on "cautiously" - that Fort Wayne may be turning the corner. It's likely there will be more cuts on Harrison Square before any dirt is moved, and I just hope that in the process they leave room for it to grow to its full potential.

This is Fort Wayne, where vast concepts often give way to half-vast results.

I'm skeptical, not cynical. My skepticism comes from experience, but I haven't given up hope. I just get impatient with the pace of change here. Remember, I said I'm cautiously optimistic.

I can understand your skepticism and caution. Hopefully the new ballpark and this hotel will spur better projects in the future. You have to start somewhere, and the proposal overall is still a pretty solid one.
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Old July 9th, 2007, 04:30 PM   #24
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I agree. I'm 100 percent behind the Harrison Square proposal because I think it might bring in some new blood and change the city core's demographic, bringing it more into line with contemporary thinking in urban planning and design.

The generation of long-term residents that has held on to the status quo is gradually dying off or moving to the sunbelt. Many of them haven't seen downtown as it is, but have viewed it through the filter of their memories, with three fairly-large department stores, fashionable men's-wear and women's-wear stores, jewelers, restaurants, pharmacies, etc.

Many of the area's residents are second- or third-generation suburbanites with no memory or knowledge of a vital urban environment, and they view downtown with something between fear and loathing. If they work downtown, they drive to work alone, park in a garage attached to their office building, and after work they head back to the 'burbs. They do all their shopping in nearby strip centers or at Glenbrook Mall or Jefferson Pointe.

Fort Wayne needs fresh blood, and I think Harrison Square is a possible vital first step in attracting it.
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It's been quite a while... Here is an update on the almost finished product.

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Here is my new blog focused on Fort Wayne downtown development http://downtownfw.wordpress.com/ Please check it out and leave comments ))
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