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Let's face it: urban, walkable and bikeable apply to a pretty small sliver of South Dakota. And that's why it's absolutely essential to invest in those areas specifically downtown Sioux Falls that are achieving the look, feel, density and environment that are becoming so sought after.

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Now it's time to go public.

"I said, 'Probably. But let's have some fun with it and what it could mean to the community,' " Schiller said.

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Clark reminded his friend sculpture already is displayed downtown on both sides of the Big Sioux River.

require a car, he said.

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I chased the whispers I'd been hearing about this effort to Paul Schiller and Jim Clark, who sat down with me recently to share the vision.

"We think you're really an emerging downtown, a lot of potential," consultant Brad Segal told the board of Downtown Sioux Falls Inc., adding, "A lot of things need to be done to achieve that potential."

They started kicking around ideas.

Their growth projections would add up to 3,200 new housing units by 2035 along with 475,000 square feet of retail and up to 1.6 million square feet of office.

As I listened to their vision, I thought back on a recent presentation I heard about the future of downtown Sioux Falls that illustrates why this project needs to happen.

"So I said, 'What are you going to do for an encore? It's 10 years old,' " recounted Schiller, who has photographed the estimated 600 pieces SculptureWalk has brought to Sioux Falls in the past decade. "I said 'Let's talk about what we might be able to do. Let's put sculpture across the river.' "

The project led them to sculptor Dale Lamphere, an artist with experience creating monumental stainless steel sculpture. A South Dakota native, Lamphere sculpted "Song of Creation" for Avera McKennnan's centennial and "Tall Grass" outside the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences.

That original sketch tells the next part of the story. It shows a sculpture base on both banks of the river anchoring a piece of art displayed over Adidas Duramo Nova 2 Womens Trainers the water.

"Well, it started with this," Schiller said, pushing a single page with a pencil drawing on it across a conference table on the top floor of the downtown office building Cherapa Place.

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Those who contribute at various levels will receive recognition including names on pavers at the base of the Arc.

Working with Clark and Schiller, he proposed what's now known as the Arc of Dreams, two halves of an arch that span almost the length of a football field and rise 70 feet above the Big Sioux River. One base would sit on property owned by Raven Industries, and across the river another base would be located outside Cherapa Place.

"This will be a gathering place and a real focal point," Schiller said. "It opens the eyes of this community into a whole new era. We're seeing development on the river and across the river."

of Dreams sculpture proposed for downtown

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Segal's firm has worked in 150 downtowns in 35 states. He shared how national changes in demographics and lifestyles are favoring development in downtown areas.

They took the concept to a small group of business leaders who wrote checks to allow design to move forward.

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The Arc of Dreams will start fundraising with an initial goal of $650,000 that will allow Lamphere to start sculpting. An additional $300,000 will be needed for landscaping and foundation work.

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"It's going to impact you to the extent you want to keep talent here or if you want to attract talent from cities," Segal said. "There's going to be an expectation you provide that packet of amenities. Downtown, a vital downtown, is going to be an economic development amenity for this region that is just as important as marketing your schools or parks."

Denver based Progressive Urban Management Associates working on the city's 2025 long range plan gave an update and analysis.

When Clark saw it, he told Schiller he was crazy.

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There's a 15 foot gap keeping it from looking like a full arch, which symbolizes "that leap everyone takes when they have a dream or idea that makes things happen," Schiller said.

"I was thinking if we do a large sculpture that could possibly become iconic, we want it to represent what this city is all about," Clark said. "Recognizing the dreamers of the past, today, and the dreamers to come in the future."

"Nationally, there's a shortage, and it's only going to intensify, of young highly skilled labor," Segal said. "Cities are increasingly competing to be attractive destinations so young skilled labor will move to them, and companies are moving to cities and regions that have concentrations of young skilled labor."

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