LYH: A Splendid Investment in Downtown

When the city first embarked on projects to revitalize downtown well more than a decade ago, supporters said the effort would pay for itself with increased tax revenues, including taxes on sales, meals and lodging.

Critics said it was a pipe dream, that downtown was dead and that the city was wasting its money on such infrastructure projects as sidewalks, brick paving, cobblestone streets, the Riverfront Festival Park and the hiking and biking trail on Percival’s Island.

http://www.newsadvance.com/opinion/editorials/article_b0cb2c30-3b52-11e3-990b-0019bb30f31a.html

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ATW: Appleton Downtown, Inc. “Pocket Video” contest is all about the smart phone

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) – Appleton Downtown Incorporated is looking for novice to experienced filmmakers to help them promote the downtown through a “Pocket Video” contest.

They are looking for videos involving events, people and businesses in the downtown.

Video entries must be shot in the downtown, be two-minutes long and be shot with a smart phone or mobile device. The video must be also uploaded to YouTube and submitted.

http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2013/oct/25/appleton-downtown-inc-pocket-video-contest-is-all-about-the-smart-phone/

LAX: Heart Walk Promotes Healthy Living in L.A.

Angelenos participated in the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk in Downtown Los Angeles Wednesday to raise money for heart research and promote healthy lifestyle changes.

Throughout the afternoon, hundreds of walkers filled the one-mile downtown stretch from the Music Center to City Hall in Grand Park.

http://www.atvn.org/news/2013/10/angelenos-walk-heart-health

JAN: Banished from Farish St., Watkins named chair of Downtown Jackson Partners

JACKSON, Mississippi — Fresh off getting the boot from Jackson’s Farish Street redevelopment project, developer David Watkins took over the chairmanship of Downtown Jackson Partners Wednesday.

Watkins, principal of Watkins Development and rescuer of the King Edward Hotel and Standard Life Building, succeeds Trustmark Bank’s Harry Walker as chair of the public-private agency that oversees downtown’s Business Improvement District and seeks to promote downtown as a live, work and play destination.

http://msbusiness.com/blog/2013/10/23/banished-jacksons-farish-st-watkins-takes-downtown-jackson-partners-chair/