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Changes Mark the State of Springfield

Karen Richards


At her State of the City address Thursday evening, Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg emphasized the city’s desire to maintain a hometown feel, but welcome new businesses and residents.


Lundberg highlighted the changes that took place in 2018, including 20 new restaurants and venues downtown and Pacific Source’s purchase of the Symantec campus, which will soon include online home decor company Wayfair. In looking toward the future, Lundberg announced a new project, an indoor track in Glenwood:

Lundberg: "The indoor track will complement our track and field heritage and be a legacy for future generations. Steve Prefontaine lived in Glenwood.”

Credit Karen Richards
Lundberg honors Sid Leiken.

She said public art to be added this year includes a Prefontaine memorial statue, as well as a Welcome to Downtown mural. She honored former city councilor and mayor Sid Leiken with the Spirit of Springfield award. The mayor said 2019 will bring a new city manager, a new public works manager and as of next week, a new city website.

Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.
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