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Auburn should celebrate its rich history

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Looking at Old Town, Nevada City, Grass Valley and Placerville, I see some degree of success in numbers of people visiting and shopping. I also note that Downtown merchants here seem to worry about their customer base. Maybe the others’ success is in the way they have been able to merge the historical aspects with eateries and shopping. I’ve never seen Downtown Auburn emphasizing the historical, a “natural” for our area. I’ve seen a beautiful white Victorian (corner Elm and Shirley) torn down and replaced by a cookie-cutter empty office building. I’ve seen the cabin, on the In-N-Out Burger property, torn down. Perhaps it’s time to examine and promote our historical heritage. I would like to see the historical aspects of Downtown, including Central Square, emphasized, rather than pushed aside. KATHLEEN RYAN, Auburn