Development thriving in Downtown Montgomery

Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) -- It is by no means a small undertaking.

"We're planting 20 trees on Bibb Street and we're planting eight trees on Monroe Street," explained William Wade, Montgomery's Urban Forestry Coordinator.

Saturday, city workers set out to improve the city's appearance one tree at a time.

"[In the places] where you see the tree-lined streets, it's a lot more pleasing to look at and a lot more homey than just concrete and buildings," Wade said.

Home is a concept one developer is also trying to bring downtown, transforming run-down buildings into living spaces.

"It's time to use the buildings and have people in them and get eyes on the streets. If you get more people downtown, you'll get more retail that will follow that and more restaurants that will follow that," said Byron Berry, a developer.

An example?  How about the alleyway project currently under construction--another historic area-turned-commercial-space city leaders want to call attention to.

"We want Downtown Montgomery to be that place, and we want to take the unique quality of downtown and show it off," explained Jeff Downes, the mayor's executive assistant.

"When you get tourists here, they want to spend their money. They want to do something."

With new business and places to live in the works, there could be plenty to do in the near future.

"The truth is, [Downtown] has a lot to offer, and I think that the people that are coming Downtown realize there's opportunity," Berry said.