Opinion

Don't tear down downtown

An open letter from concerned nonprofits

As a group of nonprofit organizations that are located in, invested in and committed to the future and vitality of downtown Springfield, we voice our concerns over the preliminary proposal from the Springfield-Sangamon Growth Alliance that could result in the demolition of four blocks of existing small businesses and nationally recognized historic buildings. Tearing down these places is not the best path toward creating a university presence in downtown Springfield...