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Souza To Offer URA Refresher Course

A lot of tax money is diverted to urban renewal districts, Mary Souza has noticed. The problem, she said, is that few grasp what that means. "A lot of people are hearing this urban renewal word and LCDC, and don't really understand what it is," Souza said. Folks need to be enlightened, the business owner and community activist said. Souza and other community members have organized a town hall meeting tonight aimed at bringing folks up to speed on how urban renewal districts work, as well as their current status in Idaho/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Mary Souza & Co. have pounded on urban renewal for 4-5 years -- and even helped elect a representative (Kathy Sims) who tried unsuccessfully to overhaul urban renewal laws in the Idaho Legislature. Do people not really understand urban renewal, as Souza claims? Or do they understand and support the concept?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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