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Streetscape begun too late in year

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As a resident of Downtown Auburn, I have watched closely as the Downtown Streetscape project has progressed. My family and I are huge fans of the Old State Theater, the shops and the restaurants. Recently, I am concerned about many of the businesses. When the tall fences went up around the sidewalk, many of the owners were disappointed as their income fell. Since the project was started in August, I feel that the city should have realized that they were going to get bad weather in November and December. The project really should have started in May or June so that most of the work could have been done in the summer. The city should help the businesses through this difficult holiday season. GRACE BRECKENRIDGE, student, E.V. Cain Middle School, Auburn