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Justice Department, HUD to hold “fact finding” session on redevelopment issues


The U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will host a fact finding meeting on November 20 at 7 p.m. at the New Providence Outreach Center, 207 Oak Street, in Clarksville.According to Terry McMoore of the Urban Resource Center, this is a precursor to a larger public forum on downtown redevelopment issues.

The original Community Town Hall Meeting format was discarded in favor of this new agenda. Elected officials, community leaders and civic organizations have been invited to attend. The meeting is also open to interested members of the public. «Read the rest of this article»

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Transit Center: For once, eminent domain could serve the people of Clarksville


Successful Main Streets and Downtown Districts have a transportation hub at their core, in other words, mass transit. Something to bring people directly into the downtown area for jobs, shopping, city business, arts centers and museums.  They don’t shift to the outskirts and out of sight. If they must send the primary station to the outskirts, they run free shuttles to key downtown sites (a perfect use for old fashioned trolley-style buses).

Progressive cities also don’t have car dealerships and acres of single-level church parking lots at their core. They make certain that ample handicapped accessible parking slots are available on every downtown street, that parking (garages) are both plentiful and convenient for all citizens. «Read the rest of this article»

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Jammin’ in the Alley with the Beagles


Dancing’ in the Streets. Rock and roll all night…

That was downtown Clarksville Friday evening as The Beagles took to the stage  for a rousing outdoor concert at Strawberry Alley. With the road  closed to traffic, downtown eateries were able to set tables in the roadway and serve food and beverages as the music played. The concert, which began at 6 p.m., initially attracted a very small crowd, but as the music revved up, it drew in more and more people until “Jammin in the Alley” became a packed house.

Jammin' in the Alley

The Beagles

The Beagles, with their covers of everything from the Beatles to Dion to Janis Joplin, were spectacular, a perfect fit for this outdoors venue, which was test run of a 2009 Jammin’ in the Alley concert series to be held on the third Friday of each month, starting in May and ending in September. It is a create way to breathe new life into the downtown area. «Read the rest of this article»


Legion Street, new “Strawberry Alley” to reopen in formal ceremony


The City of Clarksville will host a grand-reopening of Legion Street and the new ‘Strawberry Alley’ on August 29th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The street will formally re-open less one of its new attractions: a unique $102,734 fountain. Lest you think the addition of the fountain has been discarded, think again: the custom made fountain will be installed in November.

Legion Street at night

This photo of the new "Strawberry Alley" only hints at the true glaring brightness of the new lightning on this reconstructed downtown street.

The $1.2 million price tag in the contract for the Legion Street/Strawberry Alley work included $75,000 for a fountain, $27,000 short of this one-of-a-kind fountain’s actual cost. The difference in the fountain cost plus installation expenses will be made up from a $250,000 “contigency line item” in the contract with Roy T. Goodwin. The original designated maximum price allocated for the fountain has fallen by the wayside. «Read the rest of this article»


Beauty bubbles up on Public Square!


A sparkling new addition adds charm to downtown landmark!

Public Square's New Water Fountain Flows On

Public Square's new fountain offers a cooling place on a hot summer day

For those who may not have visited Public Square of late, take note! There’s a new addition to ‘The Square’ and it brings added beauty and charm to the vaunted strip of real estate. Plus it has soothing sounds and is well lit at night. Courtesy of Farmers and Merchants Bank, otherwise known as F&M Bank, the City of Clarksville now has a brand new sparkling decorative water fountain gracing Public Square. «Read the rest of this article»


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