Downtown bashing is alive and well here(not that some of it isn't well deserved). I have a number of friends who live in the historic overlay and are investing their time, money and energy into making reshaping these neighborhoods. It is a tough fight that the city isn't making any easier IMO. Redefining downtown as a area only 4-5 blocks wide by 12 blocks long and concentrating municipal resources on that area while reducing resources in other problem areas is grossly unfair.
One long term solution IMO is to disperse the public housing to correct the previous mistake of concentrating it all near downtown. It is hard to make an neighborhood attractive when it is exposed to the social problems and criminal elements that concentrate in public housing projects. Having closed Nesbitt Courts on the Southside has made a noticeable difference in positive outlook for the neighborhood.
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