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Does recently announced delay of the Wausau Center project make you optimistic or pessimistic about downtown?
Have your say in this reader poll
I received some interesting feedback in response to my latest story about the downtown Wausau Center mall redevelopment project, both offline and online.
A couple of folks (some connected to the project, some not) accused me of being overly negative.
As I said to some of them, it’s a journalist’s job to be critical, especially of those in power, and even moreso those using city money, regardless of the form. I think I’ve done plenty to point out the positive as well, and I always aim to be fair.
But as I’ve always told sources, “fair” doesn’t mean you’re going to like everything I write.
There’s an old saw of journalism: Journalism is by definition printing what someone doesn’t want to see printed.
While I don’t think that works as an absolute — stories about new businesses, for instance, are a net positive for everyone involved — there’s some truth to that.
But I wanted to get a sense of how people felt about downtown. I asked folks on my Facebook group about it. Now I’m asking you as well (and surely there is a lot of overlap, since I’m sure a portion of you are also on the Facebook group).
Below is the same poll I shared on the Facebook group. If you voted there, I would prefer you didn’t answer here because I plan to combine the results. But I will leave the comments open for this one, so everyone regardless of where you voted can feel free to reply.