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October 4, 2018 Experts propose tough love for Riverside downtown
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he Riverside City Council received some expert advice on its downtown and how to improve it.

Riverside has a great deal going for it, said Lisa Oetken, who is with the Mount Pleasant Downtown Association and one of two people who toured downtown Riverside Sept. 25.

Among those assets:

• The casino.

• Highway 22 through downtown. “It hasn’t bypassed your downtown.”

• Star Trek and its ties to Riverside. “No one else can use your tagline.”

• Multi-use buildings with people living downtown.

• The Riverside Area Community Club. “It sounds like it has taken the place of your chamber.”

But there is work that needs to be done.

“Some of the properties have some real maintenance problems,” said Jim Engle of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center. “There are two or three properties that are in real bad shape.”

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