Forums to Seek Public Input on Fulton Mall's Future
The City of Fresno and leaders from the Mayor's Creative Economy Council (CEC) are hosting a series of public meetings in July and August 2006 to discuss the future of the Fulton Mall. The CEC's January report identified the lack of nightlife on and around the Mall as reason for the City to consider ways to revitalize the area.
In response to that report, on March 14, the City Council voted 5-2 to begin a process of public input on what should be done with the Fulton Mall. Debate over the Mall's future - formal and informal - is nothing new. A 2002 report by ELS Architecture and Urban Design recommended returning car traffic to the Mall, while historic preservation groups and others have consistently opposed the idea.
The goal of the 2006 forums is to move beyond the debate over opening the Mall to traffic. Downtown Fresno today is in a state of near-daily transition and, now more than ever, revitalizing the Mall will take creative thinking and a willingness to act boldly together to make the change we want to see happen. Car traffic may be one answer to some of the Mall's needs, but we know it cannot be the only answer. These meetings are your chance to share your ideas on what we can do to make the Fulton Mall area more vibrant.
Make sure to check this page for updates and additional background information on the forum process as it becomes available. You can always call the Downtown Association office at 490-9966 to find out when the next meeting will be, or email Elliott Balch for more information. No RSVP is required for any of the meetings.
Please join us for three information-gathering meetings, where City staff will listen and record the public's suggestions, concerns, and ideas for how to revitalize the Fulton Mall:
July 12, 6 to 8 pm
Ted C. Wills Center cafeteria
770 N. San Pablo Ave.
July 14, 10 am to 12 noon
July 17, 6 to 8 pm
T.W. Patterson Building mezzanine
950 Fulton Mall
Based on the information gathered at these meetings, the City will prepare several options for action. Input on these options will be solicited at public meetings in August. The meetings are tentatively scheduled for:
August 15, 6 to 8 pm
1060 Fulton Mall
August 16, 11 am to 1 pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
2600 Fresno St.
The Downtown Association looks forward to hearing your input on how to bring new, 24-hour life to the Fulton Mall area.
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