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Miami U. Middletown Branching Out?

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    Posted: Dec 11 2007 at 10:43am
Miami University Middletown is opening a hub downtown on N. Main Street early next year, featuring a mini-restaurant with WiFi, and what sounds like a theater of some sort. They plan on collaborating with other downtown art groups such as Middletown Lyric Threatre, Middletown Arts Center, and the Sorg Opera House-owning Road Apple Music group.

This sounds pretty interesting, a drawing attraction downtown working in cooperation with MUM could bring some life back to the area.

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Does anyone think just relying on the Arts for Downtown is a little to narrow of a focus for a town such as Middletown.  I think they need a broader brush if they want to attract the other 49,000 people in this city.
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Hi Pacman,
Just wanted to jump in here and say that the revitalization project going on doesn't just focus on the arts as a means for revitalizing the downtown.  The arts are getting a lot of press right now because they are there and they are doing some great work getting people downtown for activities and such.
 
I'm chair for the Economic Restructing Sub Committee for the Revitalization project.  We are just getting started (our first meeting this week) and I can assure you everyone on the committee knows that a good diversity of businesses downtown is key to having a successful downtown.   If you venture downtown now, you'd begin to see that there are a number of businesses down here that aren't arts related.  We actually have a great start at making something happen downtown.  We have just had or about to have some ribbon cuttings for new businesses downtown.  It's slowly starting to come around.  And it won't happen overnight.  Got a long way to go. 
 
It's hard work opening small businesses in today's economy.  I'm thankful to everyone who tries and who are continuing to take stock in the downtown.  
 
Thanks for your question/concern.  Hope it helps to know that there is a group who will be working in this area.
 
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