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Texarkana community prepares for Better Block event

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Community organizers are working on a new project to help rejuvenate downtown Texarkana.

Work has already begun on four blocks of Broad Street.

The Better Block Texarkana project will be held this weekend in conjunction with Railfest.

Latonia Bullock opened "Lil" Mary's Resale store on Broad Street just over a year ago.

"I felt like it was a good place to start a business," said Bullock.

A life-long resident of Texarkana, she says some of her fondest memories are of downtown.

Bullock has been sprucing up her store front in anticipation of this weekend's Better Block event.

Bullock is hopefully that the event will drive more people to the downtown area.

"It will give people a chance to come down and see what Texarkana can really be once again," explained Bullock.

Better Block organizer Lee Medley says the plan is to stage about four blocks of downtown with trees, bike lanes, store boutiques and about 40 vendors.

The vendors will be set up on the sidewalks and inside vacant buildings.

"It's bigger than we expected," said Medley.

He says the project will show everyone how reviving the area could improve safety and the economy.

While many vendors and volunteers are participating in the one day event, Bullock hopes the traffic downtown will continue all year round.

Tickets will also be available for $10 at the museums for the cultural dining experience.

On Saturday, May 10th from 11:00 a.m. Until 1:30 p.m. downtown restaurants will be offering patrons the opportunity to sample two items from their menus.

The 4th annual Railfest will also be in full-swing all day Saturday.

Then, country artist Jack Ingram will be performing at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $12.

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