MSU gives "First Impressions" of Hub City

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

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