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Greenwood eyes improvements for aging downtown

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GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) -- Greenwood officials looking to attract more people to the city's historic downtown hope upgrading sidewalks and improving traffic patterns will breathe new life into the area known as Old Town.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the city has plans for an initial $9 million investment that could double with sewer line upgrades and other improvements.

Business owners say it's money well spent if it helps the area compete with Indianapolis, Broad Ripple or even the local mall.

Main St. Cutz owner Miguel Rodriguez says Greenwood's downtown is "like a ghost town." City leaders want to change that by attracting condos, boutiques and bistros. Traffic patterns would shift and shops would get wider sidewalks.

Preservationists say they hope the area keeps its charm. Twenty-five buildings have historic status.

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