I lived in downtown GR for several years. It has energy, more so when events are going on and streets are shut down. Why not make that a mainstay? There would be more pedestrian traffic, which would incite shopping, and more retail in general. It is a shame to see cars driving up Monroe Center, beside Rosa Parks, the GRAM, and other venues that should attract more people to discover and spend time wandering. Additionally, having oudoor heated patios (similiar to Leidseplein) surrounding gathering areas would also attract people all year. Congrats to Founders for having a heated patio...we need it everywhere.