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Letter: Arbor Park development is a win-win for Grand Forks

To the editor,

Arbor Park development is a win-win for Grand Forks.

As an artist and a business owner in downtown Grand Forks for the last 29 years, I can empathize with both sides of the Arbor Park issue. On the one hand, we have a beautiful park that has served us well for many years and which many people enjoy. On the other hand, we have a great opportunity to bring more people and money into our downtown. I will admit I was initially torn. But after reviewing the developer's proposal, I quickly saw that development is a win-win for our community.

When I say win-win, I mean that we don't have to choose between the economic benefits of development or showcasing the public art. We can retain the economic benefit of development, bring more people into our downtown and showcase the public art. By simply reviewing the proposal submitted by the developers, you see that they are committed to maintaining the public space with the art included.

People are the key to a successful community. Both businesses and public art depend on people to be successful. The Arbor Park development provides a great opportunity for us to create a new space in our downtown to work and live. This means more people to enjoy the art, more people to shop at local businesses and more people to dine at local restaurants.

Let's choose the win-win option for Grand Forks and Vote No to Grow on June 20.

David Badman

Grand Forks