Our editorial today anticipates Monday’s unveiling of Wichita’s hotly anticipated downtown plan from Boston’s Goody Clancy firm. Among our talking points, inspired by last week’s “Imagine Downtown” articles on the revivals of downtown Oklahoma City; Boise, Idaho; Baton Rouge, La.; and Milwaukee:
— “The business community must be unified and mobilized. Without the heft and imprimatur of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, a new downtown plan will go nowhere but onto a shelf.”
— “Public investment need not be greater than private investment.”
— “The process also could benefit from an acknowledgment that the hands-off conservative ideology that serves Wichita so well in other ways has left downtown for dead.”
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