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'Rethinking Downtown' Conversation Planned Saturday In Dallas

DALLAS -- Dallas, like many towns across the nation, is attempting to revitalize its downtown.

DALLAS -- Dallas, like many towns across the nation, is attempting to revitalize its downtown.

Dallas Urban Renewal District projects have spruced up key blocks and a few businesses have opened in the downtown core in recent years.

But others have closed, leaving Dallas' city center very much a work in progress.

To help find answers central to bringing vitality back to downtown, the Friends of the Dallas Public Library is hosting a free conversation "A City's Center: Rethinking Downtown."

The talk will be led by Nan Laurence, a senior city planner for the city of Eugene. The program is at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the library, 950 Main St.

"I think people are concerned about our downtown area," said Susie Futrell, president of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.

She said she wanted to host the program to give residents a place to air their concerns and ideas in a constructive and interactive way.

The talk is sponsored by Oregon Humanities and is part of the organization's "Conversation Project." The project offers expert-led free programs on a variety of topics.

For more information: 503-623-2633.

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