New Downtown Jefferson - Page I
THE NEW DOWNTOWN JEFFERSON - 2011
There have been TWO major renovations of the Jefferson Memorial Square during my lifetime. I don't know if I consider it fortunate to have renovations of the Jefferson Memorial Square during my lifetime. I don't know if I consider it fortunate to have seen them or if I should be alarmed that I am getting so old. I well remember when mayor Tom Crowe tore up the old square in 1958 and replaced it with a new split highway that cut out the hearts of the old time traditionalists in Jefferson. It turned out to be a good move as traffic picked up considerably during the 60's - 90's.
Then came that infernal byepass that made traffic almost an afterthought in Jefferson. Now we see some traffic around starting and stopping of the school hours and during prime work hours, but overall traffic seems to be down somewhat.
Now we have again renovated the square. Adding some needed green to the downtown area was a great move. It has tremendously improved the view in all area's of downtown.
Hopefull this renewed anesthetic improvement will greatly enhance the opportunity to get more permanent business in downtown Jefferson. It is a shame to see all the empty buildings in the downtown area. This is especially painful if you happen to remember the bustling years of the 50's, 60's and 70's.
This cecilbuffington.com presentation of the new Downtown Jefferson is for your information and viewing enjoyment.
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