Longview, TX (Longview News-Journal) — A year after its formation, a grassroots group is ready to build on its successes — literally.
Go West Longview is aiming to make parts of the Greggton and Pine Tree areas pedestrian-friendly shopping destinations as the group moves ahead with its long-term mission of boosting economic development on the city’s west side.
“We started strategizing a year and a half ago,” said Kimberly Fish, the group’s president. “We set some pretty lofty goals ... One year later we have accomplished all those goals and more.”
Most recent was this past week’s passage by voters of a proposition to allow beer and wine sales across Longview, an effort the group said would help attract retailers to the area. Go West also convinced Longview’s state representative to propose a likely-to-be passed measure naming U.S. 80 through the area a historic road and helped organize city personnel, Pine Tree ISD volunteers and neighborhood residents to clean up Birdie Park.
The next phase of the group’s efforts is development.
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