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Possible development in Bloomington to create a "downtown" feeling

City planners in Bloomington are looking toward other aging suburbs for insight into how to develop a city center. Mary Jane Smetanka wrote about the issue in an article published Saturday in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The goals of the city of Bloomington are common to many cities in the Twin Cities area, as the article illustrates. Different cities have also had differing levels of success with development focused on creating a place where residents want to spend time. This is an important issue in the metro area as many inner ring suburbs struggle to build a sense of community, according to the article.