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UA Rio Nuevo delay sensible

Citizen Staff Writer
Our Opinion

We’re sorry to see progress slowed on Rio Nuevo, but the University of Arizona’s decision to delay its piece is wise.

UA is suspending work on its combined Science Center and Arizona State Museum – but only until the economy rebounds, promises UA President Robert N. Shelton.

We want UA to keep that promise, as its presence downtown will be imperative to Rio Nuevo’s success.

Nonetheless, this is a good time to suspend work, given the major budget cuts at UA, plus questions over reimbursements it has received from city government for its Rio Nuevo work.

Those issues should be resolved, and the UA’s economic situation improved, before work resumes on the museum and science center.

In the meantime, though, we trust that other Rio Nuevo projects will proceed apace, keeping our vibrant new downtown moving forward.

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