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City explores next step for downtown

DULUTH -- Leaders in one of Gwinnett's biggest cities want to enhance their downtown, which has been undergoing revitalization for years.

Duluth's mayor and council are planning some sessions to share their work on building the city center, a press release said.

Along with the Downtown Development Authority and city staff, the council members are exploring 20 ingredients to create an outstanding destination, as part of a study with Destination Development International, which shows characteristics in common to 400 "outstanding downtowns in America and Canada."

The group held its first session to share the findings earlier this week, when property owners and merchants were invited to the Festival Center to discuss the attributes -- like having a strong brand, anchor tenants, residents in the downtown and gathering places and starting with a small demonstration area -- and how they relate to the Gwinnett city.

According to the release, leaders are excited to determine the next step, after putting into place downtown overlays, building a Town Green and new City Hall and creating a plan.

"Now it is time to begin implementing a plan to make Downtown Duluth an outstanding destination," the release said. "The city is moving towards putting together the plan to make Downtown Duluth the place everyone wants to be with feedback from our merchants, property owners, citizens and consultants."

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Mack711 1 year, 11 months ago

Duluth is trying to keep up with Suwanee and other cities that want draw citizens to downtown areas. First of all the City Hall is located in the wrong place. It should have been located in Proctor Square on Buford highway at Highway 120. Many complain about parking and getting around in the City Hall area. Until that issue is resolved, among others, you will not draw people to the downtown area. It is easier to go onto PIB where business can handle traffic flow more efficently. Now they want to put a median in Buford highway that will not help in traffic flow. Duluth waste money on such things as a roundabout and dog parks medians in Buford Highway just to name a few. When they resolve the traffic issues and congestion on 120 and Main street then things will imporve, not before.

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notblind 1 year, 11 months ago

Taxpayers, get your wallet out. I don't guess local "leaders" have gotten the message. Obama is about to unleash a variety of tax increases on the producers of the country and the local bureaucrats need to be cutting back not going hog wild like Suwanee, Buford, Sugar Hill, Lawrenceville, et al.

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BurritoJones 1 year, 11 months ago

Congress controls taxation. Not the President.

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

Ah, we are just an executive order away from the FINAL solution anyway.

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jjbod1 1 year, 11 months ago

I dont know why they fail to understand why Duluth continues to fail. More than 50% of the business in that area no longer even have there signs in English. Just that fact alone tell me and other people , those businesses do not what general Americans doing business with them. Until Duluth attracts once again people who want to live like Americans and not make it another country, its pointless.

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