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February 28, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Feb. 28

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2. Create an art district plan and model it after other successful plans like Paducah, Ky.’s Art Relocation Program (http://www.paducahalliance. org/lowertown-arts-district). Some key aspects are that this district should not be in a prime location, should have a defined location, defined criteria and defined goals. Without a plan you are arbitrarily picking winners and losers and discriminating on what you think is worthy and/or artsy, which is a bad idea. 

3. If the big RFP does not go well, try to get a big local entity to be an anchor/draw to the area. Just look at New Albany and how the YMCA helped downtown or how Indiana University Southeast and the Purdue University in New Albany helped the Charlestown Road area. How about we call Ball State University or Notre Dame University and ask if they want a branch location in downtown Jeffersonville? I personally think Notre Dame South has a good ring to it. 

We can do much better then the current haphazard lease giveaway plan that is  being proposed by the Moore administration. As taxpayers who financed the purchase of all this land, we should demand more and to those we forcibly displaced, we owe much more.

— Ed Zastawny, Jeffersonville city councilman, District 2

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