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Published October 01 2013

Forum editorial: The best place for City Hall

The Fargo City Commission’s unanimous decision to build City Hall on the four-block downtown civic complex was expected. There was little doubt from the start of City Hall replacement talks that the building would be part of downtown’s new vitality.

It’s the right place for the seat of municipal government. Downtown’s renaissance is not a flash in the pan. It’s an established evolution that shows no sign of slowing. A revitalized and architecturally appropriate municipal government center will help complement a redefined historic downtown district.

The city also is moving quickly to build a permanent flood wall near Second Street that will end the need to throw up a temporary clay levee every time the Red River threatens. The wall will incorporate design elements that will raise it to an attractive feature of a totally redesigned, pedestrian-friendly riverfront plaza. Permanent flood protection for city buildings and other properties in the area will stimulate investment and more revitalization.

It’s all good news as Fargo and neighboring cities enjoy economic strength, population growth and enhancement of quality-of-life amenities.

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