The Free Press, Mankato, MN


January 19, 2013

Ojanpa: Front Street can't go back


Ultimately, an alluring downtown must feature things that allure people — attractive come-ons and “walk bys” to make hoofing it worth their while.

At this point, with precious few of those things existing, trying to jury-rig Front Street into something it’s not might be imprudent.

“If you don’t have it, don’t try it,” Smith says. “You don’t build a downtown; a downtown creates itself.”


Brian Ojanpa is a Free Press staff writer. Call him at 344-6316 or email

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