Using inspirations from a trip to Greenville, SC last year, Decatur city leaders unveiled a new plan to revitalize the downtown area at a meeting Wednesday night. The idea is that public infrastructure improvements, such as planting trees, replacing concrete with brick in sidewalks, etc. will bring more private investment.
Decatur Daily article: Ready to turn dirt
James' note: The article states that Greenville and Decatur are about the same size. While the city populations are about the same (around 55,000), the metro populations (what really counts these days) are not at all similar. The Huntsville-Decatur CSA is around 530,000, while the Greenville-Spartanburg CSA has a population of around 1 million. That's a pretty big difference.