Attractive sidewalks with pavers, colored concrete crosswalks, pedestrian bulb-outs, new trees, and additional street lighting, irrigation and other features were added to a five block stretch of Commerce Avenue in Longview last year. Calling the $1.8 million project “a re-investment in our community” the project should encourage people to visit downtown, stay longer and come pack more often. Attracting new businesses, creating jobs and improving the lives of residents and businesses already in the area are all benefits of the downtown beautification. During the construction phase of the project, coordinating with businesses to minimize disruption and maintain accesses to local businesses was given a large amount of attention and was said to be successful. The streetscape of the 1300 block of Commerce Avenue is next to see improvements underway by year’s end.