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Published October 01, 2013, 11:03 PM

Moorhead plans on improving downtown

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Some say the F-M area is a well-kept secret.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Some say the F-M area is a well-kept secret.

In Fargo, we have unique shops, dining and our beautiful historic downtown.

So, it's no wonder others feel Moorhead falls short when compared to its neighboring city.

Now, officials want to revitalize the area.

From entertainment to development the public has pages of great ideas.

But the biggest question is where to begin.

"Where do you think downtown Moorhead is?" "I am not aware of where downtown Moorhead is."

"Where do you think downtown Moorhead is, in Moorhead?"

Abbra Olson- Lives in Fargo: "there really isn't a downtown. It's kind of really spread all over."

Julia Matson- Lives in Fargo: "If I knew where it was, I'd maybe like it."

Okay, so we get it. You’re not too sure exactly where it is.

Dianne Samuel- Lives in Hudson, WI: “It's just very welcoming, very open. It's got a great vibe to it."

No, nope – wrong again. She’s talking about Fargo, but Moorhead says it’s less about what downtown looks like now, and more what it could be.

"it's kind of small town feeling."

Olson: “It needs to be a little more eclectic to get that downtown feel. More arts."

So there couldn’t be a more perfect place than the Rourke to hold a public meeting about what Moorhead needs to do.

Matt Maslowski- Empolyee for the City Of Moorhead: "We've done a lot and we still have a ways to go."

That’s Matt Maslowski. He’s with the city of Moorhead, even as a newer employee he knows it’s going to take a lot of money to get this going.

Maslowski: "it will take investment. It will take investors and developers from the outside to go forward with some projects."

Like new shops, more entertainment, better gardens and additional housing.

All projects people recommended in a group discussion

So even though these ladies aren’t quite sure where downtown is,

Samuel: "the two run together in my mind.I don't think of the two towns as separate."

There’s definitely a vision of what it could turn out to be.

Olson: "I think if Fargo and Moorhead work together, they could really come up with a really great idea."

One of the most talked-about ideas was how to draw more MSUM students downtown.