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4/20/2012 6:43:00 PM
Public offers criticism of Muncie's downtown offerings
Mark Perretta stocks a shelf with bags of organic walnuts on Thursday at the Downtown Farm Stand at Main and Mulberry streets in Muncie. One of the criticisms that emerged from the downtown master plan process was the lack of a grocery store downtown, but in fact there is one: the Downtown Farm Stand. / SETH SLABAUGH / THE STAR PRESS
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Mark Perretta stocks a shelf with bags of organic walnuts on Thursday at the Downtown Farm Stand at Main and Mulberry streets in Muncie. One of the criticisms that emerged from the downtown master plan process was the lack of a grocery store downtown, but in fact there is one: the Downtown Farm Stand. / SETH SLABAUGH / THE STAR PRESS

Seth Slabaugh, Star Press

MUNCIE -- "Drunk events," no activities for families and a lack of shopping opportunities are among the first public criticisms of the current state of downtown Muncie.

A steering committee has been created, a workshop to collect public suggestions has been scheduled and initial public feedback has been entered in a spreadsheet for the new downtown master plan.

During their first public presentation last month, the project's consultants provided their first impressions of downtown Muncie: a lot of land dedicated to parking lots, too many one-way streets, a shortage of open space and public space, not many restaurants and a rather invisible river.

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