this report on the City of Joplin, but in it, Councilman Gary Shaw and businessman Bunny Newton talk about the changes on Main Street over the past decade.
From the report:
In 2005, Joplin's Range Line Road was the place for shopping, eating out, and just about anything. But Joplin's Main Street downtown had plenty of empty buildings and needed a change.
Then a concept video helped make all the difference now seen today.
"We had a vision for what Joplin's Main Street could look like," said Gary Shaw, Joplin City Council.
Gary Shaw remembers then City Manager Mark Rohr wanted to show a downtown with remodeled storefronts, new businesses, mural projects, and historic markers.
"While not everything in that video has been accomplished, we've come a long ways," said Shaw.