Midtown lets us move ahead

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 10:31 p.m.

I, for one, support the plans to build the Midtown project.

Those fearing the project suggest that it will turn our beautiful city into another Boca Raton. Having traveled through Southern Florida frequently, I find that every place north of Vero Beach could well learn from the beautiful developments filled with lovely buildings and lush landscaping.

The argument that we will some how diminish downtown Gainesville borders on hysteria. Pray tell, with little exception, what historical or important building would be lost because of the Midtown project?

Gainesville's beauty does not reside in its building gems, but rather in its hills and gorgeous trees - and this is particularly true of the downtown area with its empty, neglected properties.

To its great credit, Gainesville is making great strides in breathing life into the downtown area and it can continue to do so by allowing this project to be completed.

For what will be lost is so tiny compared to what will be gained. Not to move forward is to rot in place, decay and die amidst the crumbling debris.

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