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    YANKTON, S.D.  —  What do you like best about Yankton’s Meridian District? What should be changed? Local leaders want to know, so they’ve created an online poll to gather the opinions of area residents.
                   “A lot of very positive improvements have been made over the last few years in our downtown area,” says Mandi Gause of Boston Shoe Store, who serves on the Meridian District board. “The city has accomplished great things on Walnut Street and at the walking bridge. We’ve added new signage. outdoor art and murals. The farmers market is gaining ground. And many property owners are making fantastic improvements to their storefronts.”
                   Gause said the storekeepers, property owners and other local leaders want to continue their momentum. “But before we take on too much more, we thought it would be a good time to ask the public and our local stakeholders for their advice and opinions on what the priorities should be as we move forward,” she said, “so we’ve created an easy-to-use poll that only takes a few minutes to complete.”
                   The poll asks respondents to express their opinions on a variety of subjects, including lighting, public safety, parking, historic preservation and landscaping. The poll also asks shoppers what they like and dislike about the Meridian District. 
                   “We believe the downtown area belongs to everyone,” Gause said. “It’s the front porch to our entire community, a place where newcomers get their first impressions of our town and a place where we all gather for work, play and special occasions. We want it to be the very best possible, and the results of this poll will help our board make decisions on how to move ahead.”
                   The poll can be found on the Meridian District website at meridian-district.com (click on the development tab). The poll may also be accessed through the Chamber of Commerce web page at yanktonsd.com.
                   Gause said the polling will remain open through Sept. 30. Final results will be shared with the public.


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