Let's put aside all the polling and judging and what not and take a moment to realize how lucky we are to have such variety downtown.  But I think we should have even more.

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I remember one of the morning shows I did back in 1990 featured a guest from a downtown association and I snidely asked why we need so many little specialty shops downtown.  After all, this is a college town.  The downtown should be all restaurants and bars, right?  The response was: "Absolutely not.  We don't want the university to dictate what we do and define us as a community."  "Besides, college kids don't have any money!"  Hmmmmmmmm...

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From that point on I decided to holler as often as I could to get rid of the wig shops and other irrelevant businesses and create a happening place down there.  Well, we've made "some" progress in 25 years.  So do yourself a favor.  Go downtown and check out a few of the great places during Restaurant Week.