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I'm aware that the CAC is a contentious property and I'll admit that I'm not very familiar with its history, but I'm interested in anything that would bring more activity to this part of town. It's right around the corner from me, I pass through every day on my way to work and back, and I'm hungry for things to happen that will make the area less empty and seedy. More local residents are an important part of that... though I want to see more projects including ground floor retail, too, and if the City does choose to give up the property, I want some kind of durable commitment that we're actually going to get what's promised.

On the Locomotion Plaza, I couldn't agree more with your concerns about non-event use. I don't presently have a specific idea what I want to happen there, but whatever it is, I want it to be permanent and useful to residents. I get extremely wary whenever I hear about event spaces. Events are nice, but people who live downtown need places to shop and spend time every day, all year round. If we want to host events, we can close a street, or use a park... we don't need dedicated spaces for them that otherwise sit empty.

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