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|Yet more to come for Monroe|
This week we will look at the most difficult re-development project of any I have considered. Every small town and midsize city struggles with aging downtowns.
Some can remember when Monroe's downtown was the center of activity with the Walgreens Drug Store, The Palace, Krauss and Cahn, Morgan and Lindsey Dime Store and so many others. On Saturdays the streets were crowded with shoppers and a parking spot was hard to find. No trip was complete without a stop by Walgreens Fountain for an ice cream soda. Ouachita National Bank and Central Bank with their main offices made downtown the financial center of Monroe.
With the development of shopping centers and malls, downtowns slowly died. An attempt to revive downtown Monroe was made in the 1960s with new sidewalks and planting trees along DeSiard Street. However the decision to make DeSiard Street one way along with other access streets countered any attempt and further contributed to its demise.
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Bill Roark is a Commercial Associate Broker at Keller Williams Realty and may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.