Wichita is on the right track in putting eight city-owned downtown lots on the market last week, labeling them “catalyst sites” for the implementation of the downtown master plan. City officials will need to be choosy about the preferred buyers to ensure the development is right for downtown and the plan — especially on prized sites along the river. But this is a crucial step that will attract private dollars to downtown’s reinvention, as it gets property off the city’s books and onto the tax rolls. Let the buying begin.
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