Macon-Bibb gains international recognition for downtown improvements

Macon-Bibb gains international recognition for downtown improvements

Alex Morrison with the Urban Development Authority is heading to Denmark to participate in a forum to discuss international ideas for the city.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Macon is in the international spotlight.

The city was invited to participate in an international forum.

Cars are still rolling around in downtown Macon.

But walking as a way to travel is stepping up in popularity.

"I come down here for most of my social life," said Taste 'N See customer J.T. Olive.

Social venues, places to eat and places to live: the streets downtown can give you a more urban feeling.

"Macon is a great example of what you can do with the historic street pattern," said Alex Morrison with Macon-Bibb Urban Development Authority.

"I think Macon is blessed to have a really great grid architecture," said Olive. "I think the downtown is laid out well."

Which is why it came as no surprise to Alex Morrison when Macon received some international attention.

"We're seeing how we can really take that next step to be that livable, walkable, bike-able community," said Morrison.

Morrison is traveling to Denmark Friday to pick up some ideas.

"It really is cool that Macon was one of a few cities to get selected to go and learn and in certain regards share with other communities throughout the nation what steps can be taken to really make a livable community," said Morrison.

Ideas for a city that still has some growth to do, but is willing to take it on.

"We lack a lot of stuff, and we know that as business owners and as tenant or landlords of the properties and stuff--there's a lot still lacking," said owner of Taste 'N See, Brian Nichols. "We're working as hard as we can to spark interest in other companies wanting to come to downtown."

Nichols says he thinks a gradual growth for downtown is good.

So far, that's what he and other property owners have been able to achieve.

He hopes residents will be able to enjoy downtown for years to come.

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