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Some of the key themes that arose out of the Downtown Summit presentations included: 1. Build more housing in Downtown to support existing and new businesses; 2. Slow down traffi c to generate a pedestrian-friendly environment and a pleasing outdoor dining experience; 3. Support art. Consider creating a public art fund and program; 4. Incorporate fun features like the slide down from the Nob Hill Tower; and 5. Take risks and support (re)investment. The Summit presentations generated excitement and a sense of “wow” regarding all of the developments taking place in Morgan Hill. As Morgan Hill evolves as a destination, new developments and new art additions should reflect the community and its aspirations. In closing, good planning decisions are now starting to pay off, and clearly the parking garage and perhaps the Tarantula have helped catalyze the new reinvestment. An interesting fact is that the majority of this $50 million of new private investment is coming from local community members and investors who care about the future of the community and believe in its potential. . To learn more about the downtown visioning summit and the various projects, visit: When Your Car’s Reliability Is Important … Family Owned & Operated Since 1992 20 East Luchessa Avenue • Gilroy • 408.842.0663 • Mon-Fri 8 am-5:30 pm 20 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016