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The revitalization of Bloomington's downtown district not only should be important, it should be made a priority. The downtown is the heart, the core, the center, the first place that is taken notice of. The downtown of a city should show what a city has to offer, the foundation of what opportunities are within. Like an old saying, "You can't tell a book by its cover," well, you can tell a city by its downtown district. 

Bloomington officials have neglected improving the downtown for far too long. It's time for them to open their eyes. It is time for them to start listening and start believing that the downtown is worth their time, money and effort. They should have the "If we build it, they will come" attitude. Take all the downtown negatives and turn them around to a great positive endeavor.  Time and persistence makes way for a greater downtown existence.

Greeting this head on will help make the heart of this great city a place worth visiting, shopping, living, a welcome mat for businesses more inclined to stay and thrive, with a magnitude of uplifting results and opportunities. Do what it takes to improve the downtown and make it a popular atmosphere once again — a pleasant destination, appealing to all, convenient, safe, desirable, with an artistic influence. Be absolutely committed. Let it not be a continued vision on paper.

Judith Cook, Bloomington

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