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There’s never a good time for a pandemic, but as far as Akron’s concerned, now is probably the best time in terms of its impact on the city’s redevelopment plans.

As long as things return to normal as planned and attitudes toward urban living survive this historic episode, that is. If so, it may even present the city some opportunities.

The COVID-19 crisis has downtown Akron, like a lot of city centers, virtually shuttered. But at least the shutdown is occurring when the core of the city was already hobbled by a massive construction project on Main Street, said the builder spearheading downtown’s $42 million¬†Bowery Project, which now sits behind orange barrels on Main Street.

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