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Does Lincoln downtown deserve any less? No, it does not. [Related letter]

Last summer, I brought my family back to Lincoln to see where I grew up. It looked very dead, even during the day, from what I remembered it from about 20-plus years ago. You are very right when you say that downtown is still the heart of Lincoln. When you have a lot of swap-meet-looking shops, a few good eateries and a Hallmark store, these stores just won't do the job by themselves.

Downtown used to be a great place to meet friends, family or just to hang out at! When the square shut down for the night, we would go to the shopping center that had Wal-Mart in it and Kmart behind it.

Down the street you have an old strip mall (an old shopping center) that had a 5 and dime store, IGA, a pizza shop. Now what's there? Not much, just like the square.

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People have said that the malls were the reason why people stop shopping downtown. Well, shopping malls are like small towns: If you don't keep them up or replace the stores when they move on, then you have nothing to go to or shop at, just like the square.

Bring in the investments that will help rebuild the square and bring in the jobs. Then the tax base will be better for everyone, like better jobs, which would keep more of Lincoln's shoppers in Lincoln, and your Main Street project will be a great success. Good luck to you.

Jann Nash

(Posted April 29, 2006)

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