Thursday storm postpones Auburn downtown talk, historic bell display

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AUBURN — An expected storm due Thursday will push back a planned downtown slideshow to March 6.

Alan Manoian, Auburn’s economic development specialist, was scheduled to present a slideshow of the downtown Thursday at the Auburn Public Library.

“But just looking at the weather forecast for Thursday, we have to reschedule,” Manoian said.

The program is now set to begin at 5:30 p.m. March 6 at the Auburn Public Library.

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It includes the public display of historic bells removed from New Auburn’s St. Louis Church last year. The city is launching a Kickstarter campaign to purchase the bells and keep them in Auburn.

Auburn is launching a summer program to get residents and visitors to think differently about the area, hopefully bringing in more business. It involves sidewalk cafes, summer studio displays, walking tours, discussions and zoning philosophy changes.

Manoian’s presentation will talk about how uninviting and unwalkable the downtown is and how that can hurt the area’s economy. He’ll also discuss ways to turn that around.

staylor@sunjournal.com

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