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Construction Continues for ''Pedestrian Friendly'' Downtown

October 21, 2002
Posted at: 7:15 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- A visit to downtown Jonesboro may be different that the last time you have been there, thanks to a trend the city is following to bring families back to the core of the community.

New art, wider sidewalks, and a lot of work is what can be found in the almost-finished, new and improved downtown Jonesboro. Gaylon Tate is supervising the contract work that molds Jonesboro's old, lonely downtown into something more attractive.

"The sidewalks will be wider," Tate said. "And it's going to be handicap accessible all the way through from Matthews to Cate Street."

The City hopes Jonesboro visitors and local people who live just down the road will make downtown part of their routines. Crews are digging, moving, and stretching the center of the city to be what central planning director Nancy Chrisman calls a more, "pedestrian friendly" place.

"It's a place where people can gather," Chrisman said. "It's better for the city to have it more attractive, and more vital."

Construction is scheduled to be completed by Thanksgiving.

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