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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette: Kayla Bliven, a freshman at New Tech Academy, points out the features of her group's redesign of downtown Fort Wayne to judges Mike and Barbara Roberts on Thursday morning at Grand Wayne Center.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:41 pm

New Tech students pitch ideas for downtown Fort Wayne

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Freshmen from New Tech Academy at Wayne High School have ideas about what might encourage people to stay in Fort Wayne.

Today, they shared those plans – blueprints included – with community members at the Grand Wayne Center. Suggestions included an innovation center, a tram system, European-style plazas and outdoor recreational areas.

John Hudson, an associate architect with Viridian Architectural Design, was among those critiquing the students' work. To him, the event is more about listening to their ideas and though process.

"It's always a challenge for the timeframe and that they've never done this before," Hudson said.

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