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I don't want to dismiss suburban growth in the Jackson metro area. There is little use in denying that the suburbs of Jackson are where the moneyed interests are. It is inevitable that dynamic new developments will take place in Jackson's suburbs.. The high-rise in Ridgeland is but one instance of what may be a torrent of new projects in the area. Fortunately, in spite of Mr. Melton's Tragic Kingdom, there is hope for downtown Jackson as well. This could not be said a few years ago. The momentum for a viable, living and breathing downtown has finally germinated the seeds of development which willl make the city come alive once more. It may take ten years or so befroe Old Capitol Green and other projects are complete, but in the meantime, the King Edward and the Capital City Convention Center should get things moving again. The trends also indicate that more people are wanting to live and work in downtown Jackson. More restaurants and nightspots should only encourage this trend.

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Log Village to Make Way for More Substantial Buildings

A vaguely quaint collection of log buildings in Ridgeland will be replaced with more substantial brick buildings with construction and demolition starting about three weeks from now. While one may decry the relatively bland and anonymous look of the new buildings, the old Log Village was probably near the end of its useful life. Several of the tenants in the current structures have already signed on to occupy space in the new buildings. The replacement will be an expansion of the Gas Lamp Village shops adjacent to the village.

The Clarion Ledger

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Ridgeland's Two New Hotels

Two new hotels are opening near the Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland. The Embassy Suites and the Hyatt Place are both new prototype designs for their respective chains. For standard issue chain hotels, both appear to be attractive. I'd rather see this sort of thing happen downtown, but it is good to see this sort of development happening in the Jackson area.

The Clarion-Ledger

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