Many municipalities are trying to revitalize their downtown in order to attract new business and residents. After all, having a walkable downtown area with easy parking and access to shops is a great way to attract people, right?
Small towns all over the country are earmarking funds for city core revitalization; improving sidewalks, signage, and services to make it a more welcoming environment for pedestrians and shoppers.
The City of Muscle Shoals really went all out: They essentially started with a blank slate due to the widening of their main road. They’ve ended up building a very unique downtown area with a pedestrian overpass, and strict building codes that dictate what businesses must look like.
It seems to be a successful strategy for them. Older buildings are filling up with businesses and the consistent architecture is a boon for visitors.
You can read more about the core revitalization efforts at the Times-Daily website.
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