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Downtown Akron Gets the Plan It Needs


Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

Greater Akron—Downtown Akron looks and feels much better than the hollowing years of the early 1980s. It has advanced since the improvements a decade later. Yet the core of the city needs a new chapter, lost momentum apparent in a higher vacancy rate, blocks resisting new development, even the appearance of more homeless.

Now, the initiative has arrived. On Tuesday, Mayor Dan Horrigan unveiled phase one of the city’s Downtown Akron Vision and Redevelopment Plan. It is the work of three dozen stakeholders, with the Downtown Akron Partnership, led by Suzie Graham, at the front.

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