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WTXL Road Trip: A Look at Downtown Boston

WTXL Road Trip: The History of Boston
Posted at 4:40 PM, Jun 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-29 08:03:07-04

All summer long, we're hitting the road to showcase communities in our area. We're kicking things off in Boston, Georgia, and will be live in Boston from Sunrise until 6:30 p.m. on Friday June 26th.

BOSTON, GA (WTXL) - Downtown Boston is the heart of the city, according to many of its residents. It's the beat that keeps Boston, Georgia alive.

Mayor Danny Groover agrees and says the city has been receiving grants from public works to give downtown the facelift it needed, "In the early 2000s, we received a grant to do a main street streetscape which included new sidewalks, flower beds, new lighting."

A few years later, the city received another grant to build a new walkthrough and social area. The area dates back to the mid-1800s, and was mainly used for travelers as a rest and break stop.

Mayor Groover says he plans on keeping that tradition going, "It's just another part of our historic preservation, all of this is important to us, and we want to keep our buildings in good shape, looking good, we want to have an attractive town for us and everybody else."

Keeping these buildings functioning is one of Mayor Groover's main goals. Some historic buildings such as the one that currently houses the Boston Police Department, was originally the city hall back in 1875.

With the improvement of downtown, Mayor Groover hopes it will bring more tourists to the area and impact to economy, "We are just fortunate that we've got a good looking downtown and it's continuing to attract more new businesses, this is it, this is where you need to come to get the full experience of Boston."