Friday, February 16, 2007

Candidates opine on downtown development

The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation published their candidate questionnaire responses online today, giving voters their most in-depth look yet at candidates' downtown ideas. (The Eagle's voters guide is due out Tuesday. See how mayoral candidates responded to the Wichita Independent Business Assocation here and how city council candidates responded here.)

The WDDC has long been focusing on parking and that showed in their questions. Candidates, meanwhile, all seemed to gravitate toward parking plans as the most important issue facing the core of the city. All the mayoral candidates that responded said they would support city-owned parking downtown, although some, like King David Davis, said city involvement should be a last resort.

Mayor Carlos Mayans didn't respond, and he wasn't available by phone this afternoon.

Parking, however, is already in the works. The city council is weeks away from a vote on the city's biggest TIF district ever. But questions remain about who should get inside of the borders.

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