Concerns about Central Square — and, as Mayor Denise Simmons’ office would prefer, excitement about its future — will be the focus of a forum to be held Wednesday at City Hall.

While public comment at City Council meetings have focused on drugs, crime and the homeless in Central Square, councillors have noted also the area’s resurgent arts and dining. “I hope we can focus on all the positive aspects of the area and then continue to build up from there,” Simmons said in announcing the forum, preceding that by saying she and Vice Mayor Sam Seidel would do so “by working to better coordinate all the area stakeholders, and taking concrete steps to ensure that Central Square continues to flourish in the coming years.”

The forum, open to all from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in council chambers at 795 Massachusetts Ave., will be called Central Square: Discussing the Present, Envisioning the Future.