"It's not about how many strip malls you have. It's about the sense of community and the sense of place. People want to live somewhere where they want to spend their time, whether that's going out for a walk, the ability to interact with others, or amenities.
"That's why our downtown will play such an important role, because it has so many of those qualities. This is where our story is. If you invest in downtown, you're not just investing in a building. You're investing in the overall story."
--Daniel Hintz, quoted in "Strengthening the Story," Benton County Daily Record