Downtown business, infrastructure issues dominate Districts 2, 3 and 4 Lowell City Council debate

LOWELL — It’s been two years without the Lowell Folk Festival and the Kinetic Sculpture Race, and one year without Winterfest.

Between the loss of these major events and construction issues such as the stalled repairs to the Central Street Bridge — all in the context of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — vehicle and foot traffic to the downtown have slowed, posing a number of challenges for small businesses.

Those issues were top of mind for Wayne Jenness and Ryan Rourke, candidates of the new City Council District 4 — which includes Downtown, Back Central and adjacent portions of Pawtucketville and Centralville — in the debate for District 2, 3 and 4 candidates held Thursday evening at LTC.

The debate was sponsored by LTC, The Sun, Lowell Votes and KhmerPost USA and moderated by Sun Enterprise Editor Christopher Scott.

Getting those big events back to the downtown is a key part of its success, Jenness said.

“I’m really excited the…

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