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"Decade of Downtown" need not end with Castro's exit
By Pat DiGiovanni and Don Frost

As we consider the impact of Mayor Julián Castro's departure to become secretary of HUD, let's not view his move to Washington as a falling domino that spells doom for the decade of downtown. Instead, look at it for what it really is; a symbol of the inevitable winds of change that will always swirl across the political landscape.

Yes, Mayor Castro's move east will lead to change at City Hall and throughout the political system. We will have a new mayor, or two, within the space of a year. Seats on the council will become available. And politicians previously seen strolling the halls of the statehouse may swap places with those working the corridors of City Hall.

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