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The Downtown Urban Renewal District's funding is about to sunset.  Chuck Arnold, Executive Director of the Downtown Bend Business Association says the funding was used for years to help erase blight out of the downtown area and now, the private businesses have taken that over: "I think the challenges are: if we were to make the conversation about, we need new trash cans or we need new signs downtown.  When that argument is put up against the challenges the City is facing right now of having to lay off police and firefighters. You know, it's now a great argument.  And to have the private sector take some ownership and responsibility over it. In a lot of ways you get a really great result. And a lot more ownership of downtown businesses and property owners. They say, “You know we built this, we maintain this so lets all work together to keep it looking good."  Arnold says they're totally in agreement that the funding should end.  He adds that the Urban Renewal put in the parking garage, street lamps and may other capital projects.

 

 

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