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Downtown revitalizing is all the rage for city centers
Towns seek to boost area businesses while preserving history
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Flowery Branch city planner John McHenry, left, and Mayor Mike Miller talk downtown Thursday. McHenry holds a POND Flowery Branch Old Town Redevelopment Guide. - photo by NAT GURLEY
City Councilwoman Mary Jones remembers a totally different downtown Flowery Branch not so long ago. “There were no streetlights, no sidewalks, no trees, no flowers, no nothing,” said Jones, who has served in two separate stints, the first starting in 2006. After several years of completing beautification projects and otherwise working to lure businesses downtown, Flowery Branch isn’t done yet, releasing a redevelopment plan for the city’s center, known as “Old Town,” in January.