Tyler — In the 1950's Downtown Tyler was the community's commerical hub. Where everyone went for work, fun, shopping and more.
Downtown Tyler is a place that has history embedded in it's brick streets since the 1800's but since then with the creation of highways, less people find downtown a place to spend time, but—that's all changing. The city of Tyler's Main Street Department has made it it's priority to revitalize Downtown Tyler and perverse it's history in the process.
Downtown has seen a lot of changes since the 50's, a lot of people found business and plesure elsewhere but Beverly Abell, leader of the City of Tyler Main Street Department, says it's about bringing people back, she says, " it's never going to be the downtown is was in the 50's, or 60's or in the 40's or 30's we've got to be the best downtown we can be right now....one of the main things we encourage is use of buildings we re-use old buildings for cool new ideas."
Buildings like The Glass Onion, a trendy resale shop. Owner of The Glass Onion, Felecia Holloway says, "Just like the items I have, there there's a story for every building, some of which have been converted into apartments or law offices but they have really done well with keeping the historical feel."
Downtown may not be what it once was with neon filled skys with non-stop traffic, hotels and department stores but abell says, it's not a sprint it's a marathon to get downtown back to being the hot spot. A marathon they've been running for 25 years, all in an effort to bring people back downtown, to stay.