HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg has a great downtown, but it's a little hard to get to. Those are the findings of a new study by Mississippi State University.
Details of the Stennis Institute study called First Impressions were released Thursday night, during a meeting at the cultural center. The report focuses on assets and challenges facing a specific part of a community and it's based on surveys of visitors.
"The size and scale of the downtown were great, so people were very impressed with that and a lot of the new development that's going on," said Joseph Fratesi, Ph.D., project director. "The challenge probably ideally that we see for the downtown area is finding a way to connect downtown from the other areas in town, because there's such a distance along Hardy Street, 4th Street and Broadway (Drive), to get from 49 and the interstate to downtown," Fratesi said.
You can see the report online beginning next week at www.sig.msstate.edu.