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Town Square

A facelift for downtown Danville

Original post made by Natalie O’Neill, Danville Weekly reporter, on Feb 23, 2007

The look and feel of downtown is about to change. Last week, I heard the architects and landowners involved in the remodeling detail that their goal is to construct period architecture. In layman's terms, this means they want the new buildings to look like they have popped up individually over the course of a hundred years or so.

The idea is to keep the character of downtown the same, but to draw in more pedestrian traffic for shopping.

Do the people of Danville share the same vision? As the physicality of the town evolves, what should stay the same and what should be altered?

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 23, 2007 at 1:26 pm

Natalie,

I have been receiving good ideas from various Alamo, Diablo, Danville residents and their visitors. It seems, like many of us, the Danville Hotel is a much-loved part of Danville's old town.

A specific idea is very attractive: Vic, in Alamo TX, as a visitor to Danville last fall, suggested that underground parking be put on the site and the buildings expanded into a garden/outdoor hospitality area surrounding the buildings.

Now that's a great idea for the City of Danville to consider.

Hal


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Posted by Colleen
a resident of Danville
on May 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I've always thought that Prospect St should be closed to traffic between Front St. and Hartz Ave. This would make a nice pedestrian area that would include benches for seating and containers of flowers. The street is narrow and the huge SUV's that park along there reduce it to one lane as it is. I think it would be a boon for business on the street as well. Perhaps even creating room for more shops on what used to be the street itself.

Also, I've been dismayed over the years to watch all the historic buildings that gave Danville it's old town charm have been changed architecturally to "modernize" them. What a shame.

It's seems the town has become a mis-mash of design rather than creating individual shops that create an organic feel to the creation.