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While the initial signs reported in Murray McNeill's story regarding the closing of the downtown Zellers (Hungry for core grocer, March 19) are slightly promising, the reality is that the behaviour demonstrates the chronic problem downtown Winnipeg suffers from.

Instead of consulting with various residents groups, like the resurgent and persistent Downtown Community Residents Association, various business groups just meet among themselves.

Once again, our city is misguided in our attempt to create a stronger and more viable downtown. We should be consulting with the people who currently live there, students in the area and potential future residents, rather than businesses looking to make the area only more commercially viable.

While I am expressing optimism with this whole situation, I believe that once again we are moving in the wrong direction on urban and downtown renewal. Why not hold an open meeting for the downtown community? I know dozens of groups that simply need to have a say in this consultative process: seniors and students are being left in the dark.

This shouldn't be an exclusive consultative club; rather, everyone interested in the future of a viable, livable downtown should have a seat at the table.

ZACH FLEISHER

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 20, 2013 A10

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