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You know if I was a cynic I would think that there is some kind of conspiracy afoot to basically keep Alma Plaza the way it is--derelict and empty--so that nearby neighbors are not burdened with construction and traffic. Why do I say this? Because to me it looks like there has been a concerted effort by some people to delay the project and in order to make it appear that it i snot one person or group, the next delaying tactic is handed off to a new person.
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The bottom line, of course, is that the real blame for the long running Alma Plaza saga lies with the city council and their refusal to take a leadership role in seeing that something would be done after so many years and this comes from a council with members who constantly talk about walkable neighborhoods!!!