Correction to your timeline: planning for the extension actually began in 2006 with formation of the ARTWalk II committee, a group of ARTWalk board members and interested community stakeholders. I know, because I was part of the organizing meeting. We worked hard for a couple of years getting out the word in the community about the project and trying to juice people's creativity and excitement to get some initial design ideas flowing. Toward that end, we held a series of meetings with key stakeholders and also 4 community meetings -- one for each "leg" of the extension, and one focused on the key Goodman/University intersection. I was involved in all those meeting and coordinated a couple of them. A lot of time and energy was invested that might be easily overlooked and needs to be acknowledged.
2008 is when paid consultants began working on the project. I moved out of town shortly thereafter, so haven't been further involved, but am delighted that after a lot of good work by a lot of good people -- going back a full half-dozen years -- opening day is finally at hand!
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