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Downtown Dothan sees glimpse of new life during weekend activities

Max Smith enjoys a Saturday in Downtown Dothan as the area bustles with activity. Max Smith enjoys a Saturday in Downtown Dothan as the area bustles with activity.

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) -- It's the first time Max Smith has seen this many people downtown in a long time.

"It's as busy as I've seen it in a good while."

He remembers the good old days when North Foster street was the hub of town.

"The street was so busy, you couldn't hardly drive through it. Saturday morning it would just be stop and go."

The center of the city was once bustling with activity.

"There were 'ten cent' stores as we called them, First National Bank over here, jewelry stores over here."

After the area suffered nearly 30 years of down time this weekend is perhaps one of the first times the much anticipated downtown renaissance is showing itself.

A car show, art festival, new shops, and restaurants including downtown Dothan's first commercial chain, Moe's Southwest Grill, the area is showing signs of life again.

"When this came open, we decided it was good opportunity to help out, kinda re-spark the downtown area and try to get it going," says Moe's General Manager, Ben Tankersley.

For businesses it could be a risk not knowing if downtown will ever thrive like it used to.  But Max hopes old memories reveal themselves again in a vibrant downtown he always knew.

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