Carbondale looking for input on downtown renovation

A local city is looking for your input to spruce up downtown. Carbondale has been holding a series of public meetings on the downtown’s future.

Andrew Guyton left big city Austin, Texas for a simpler life in Carbondale eight years ago. Now, he’s the operating manager of a local restaurant.

He was attracted to Carbondale’s charm and community atmosphere, but there’s some things he’d like to see change. Better flow of traffic, more parking, and a more bike friendly Carbondale.

“Have a space where people can walk around to do their shopping, walk around to do their eating,” said Guyton.

Mayor Don Monty says a lot has changed since he showed up in Carbondale 40 years ago.

“When I came to town there was no mall,” said Monty.

He say it’s crucial to hear what the people want to during the planning phase of a renovation.

“It’s the public that has a vested interest in the outcome of this,” said Monty.

Once the plan is made official, professional will come and make it a reality. Guyton says he’s heard talks of a downtown renovation before.

“Hopefully this time around there’s a little more energy and interest in actually doing this,” said Guyton.

He says the city will be better off for it.

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