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Tour de 'Loo highlights downtown projects

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

From big names like SingleSpeed investing in historical renovations, to community leaders like Rodney Lewis making sure every child is fed, downtown Waterloo is thriving, growing and expanding.

Cido Di Strada has been open just two weeks. The street food bar brings flavors from around the world to Eastern Iowa.

"We need a variety. In Waterloo, we have a diversified community," said co-owner, Marisol Salvaloca.

The new restaurant is hoping to help draw people to Main Street Waterloo and break down the negative opinions the area has struggled against.

"All those negative vibes that they hear; when they get into downtown, 'Oh, it's not really like that.' There are a lot of things to see," said Salvaloca.

From good food to good health, the new Ananda - Holistic Movement Studio chose to open near the Cedar Valley Sportsplex.

"Being downtown, there is just so much going on. It is really awesome to be a part of it. There is so much available here," said Ananda owner, Danielle Eastman.

Across town, while the Cedar Valley Boys & Girls Club members learn about construction, their Walnut Neighborhood continues to see revitalization.  Projects that include KWWL, the First Presbyterian Church, and Harold's Chicken.  Also, future projects like the historic restoration of three homes built in the late 1800s.

"It is a neighborhood that is important to downtown's overall long-term success. We need the neighborhoods around downtown to be successful also," said David Deeds of JSA Development.

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