What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here's a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
Civic Center price tag $42 million or more
January 25, 1965: A $42 million to $46 million program for downtown development was unveiled for city officials by the M-W Development Company. It would include a “civic square” of city offices and a library between Harney and Jackson and 15th and 16th Streets and an “executive park” of private buildings between 17th and 19th and Harney and Jackson Streets. A civic tower would house city offices, Municipal Court, police headquarters and jail.
1944: County Commissioner Edward Jelen's move toward consolidation of Omaha and Douglas County governments died when other county commissioners refused to go along with the plan. Jelen moved for adoption of his resolution, which would have directed the county attorney's office to begin a study of legislation deeded to effect consolidation. The motion was lost for want of a second.
1989: City Council President Fred Conley said he would try again next week to persuade fellow council members to endorse construction of a new city convention center in the downtown area. The council did not have enough votes to pass a Conley resolution that would have put the council on record supporting a downtown facility. Three councilmen abstained, one voted against the resolution and three voted for it. “Since a lot of them passed, I don't know whether they're for or against,” Conley said in an interview.
2004: Maybe a pedestrian bridge over Dodge Street would receive landmark status after all. The City Council voted 4-3 two weeks ago against designating the bridge near 60th Street as a landmark, but one councilman may be changing his mind. It would take only one changed vote for the proposal to win approval. Councilman Chuck Sigerson voted against the landmark status initially but says he has received further information. He was bringing the issue back to the council.