Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The Courier has an article (read the article) on the new concert hall under discussion. I was glad to see that the Seigle property east of the library is one of the sites being considered.

"I think that you combine a concert hall ... the library, the recreational facility, the Hemmens, all into one big cultural campus, (then) you drive across Kimball (Street) and you see a real city," Pastreich said. "What Elgin has that nobody else around here, or almost nobody else around here has, is a real downtown. What Elgin has that nobody else has is the state's second-largest orchestra."

He added, "If it can happen, I'm now convinced that it would change this community more than anything else that I've seen in the last 10 years. The question is, Is it practical?"


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