City’s Downtown Revitalization Sees First Milestone

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The city’s newest formed board has a mission. It is aimed to revive history and bring future business for generations to come.

Miriam Suarez, the Main Street Manager says she excited. Like downtown Brownsville is ready.

Downtown Brownsville has seen better days from an economic standpoint. As the violence and security issues across the border have escalated, this once booming area has seen a decline in foot traffic and tourists. But hope is on the horizon.

Suarez says Brownsville wants to preserve that history through the Main Street Program. Brownsville is one of three cities in Texas designated in 2016 as a Texas Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission. The designation has proven to be a success in other areas. Bolstering more than $3 billion in overall reinvestment into historic downtown communities.

There is this new momentum not only from the business owners but from college students and millennials wanting to get involved. Suarez added.

The program comes with perks to business owners and customers looking for new products. Trying to be a San Antonio or recreate a Riverwalk is not what Brownsville is trying to do.

The mission is to revitalize historic downtown and neighborhood commercial districts. Previous reports by the KVEO News team have shown the community is unsure of downtown’s future. Suarez grew up in Brownsville. She knows existing projects such as the Brownsville Performing Arts Academy, the Market square project… and the environmental protection agency plans work with the city to along improve the International Boulevard, and the Gateway International Bridge area helps the overall plan. With Main Street’s help, Suarez says improving downtown is bound to happen. By staying authentic is what is going to attract people to our community.

Main Street Cities in Texas have added about 35,000 jobs and 8,700 new small businesses to the Texas economy.

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