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Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 09:08 am

Kidzeum

Downtown Springfield had a 10,000-square-foot children’s museum from 1996 to 2001,  which closed from a lack of money and interest. Which raises a question: The proposed new on will succeed because…why? The SJ-R thinks it was because its predecessor failed because it opened before downtown became a popular tourist, dining and shopping destination. I wonder whether that isn’t backwards – that one of the reasons that downtown didn’t become a popular tourist, dining and shopping destination in the ‘90s because the children’s museum didn’t attract many visitors there.

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