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Trana Rogne letter: Think a lot more about this hard nut

We are some of the generation of local kids who flew the coop in the 1960's and have recently moved back. We have seen cities revitalized and revitalized again; it is a hard nut to crack.

We are some of the generation of local kids who flew the coop in the 1960's and have recently moved back. We have seen cities revitalized and revitalized again; it is a hard nut to crack.

Fargo and Moorhead (Moorhead must be included in the discussion of arts and sports) has at least three centers of arts and sports - our three colleges, plus the Fargodome and more community based arts venues. There are only so many people to go around. I submit it would be good to take the time to think this out.

Obviously someone does not want to think it out. Would someone address the numbers of people to go to these many venues before more money is voted for one more venue? The talk of taking private property by eminent domain and using it for a commercial project (not government) is not the American way.

Has the feasibility study been done, and one that will show that the Renaissance Center will work as planned? I gather it has not been done.

Sports centers are not likely to bring life to the downtown except on the nights of the games. A real variety of community activities brings life to a downtown. Downtown arts will draw people downtown each night for practice, performances, etc. It would be dinner out before or after the performance and not just take the kids home to bed. How many people would be brought, who knows? No study has been done, but the Renaissance Center has no study either. Bigger is not necessarily better.

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The parking issues need to be addressed as part of the Renaissance Center proposal, not only after the proposal passes. (And where will this money come from?)

We all know Fargo is not without faults, but we need to address them and not be stampeded into the building faster and faster syndrome. I show off Fargo not as a realtor, but as a citizen of the state, the state I moved back to. Fargo is a very nice town, but needs more planning to reach fully into the 21st century.

Trana Rogne

Kindred, N.D.

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