If the economy stays on its current course and if the prospects I'm tracking all come true ... we're looking conservatively at 1,000 new workers, minimum, joining the downtown workforce in the next few years. The number could climb much, much higher.
On where to find Wi-Fi:
In one year you will likely have that coffee shop at the new Aloft Hotel at NE 2 and Walnut Avenue. You also will have a grocery and deli, with sidewalk seating and tables, at the Level Apartments when Native Roots Market opens this fall. You also could have visited the Deep Deuce Grill, a great neighborhood restaurant and bar that has Wi-Fi, or the Wedge Pizzeria, also nestled in among the apartments. Or if you really wanted to visit a bakery, two great ones, Brown's Bakery and Prairie Thunder, await you in MidTown!
On the bus station project:
The project is proceeding. The new station needed to go through Planning Commission for zoning changes, which I believe was finished up last month or so. Don't be surprised if this continues to go a bit slowly, with a move not done until early next year.