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|About||The District is a community organization devoted to leading the growth and revitalization of the expanding downtown district|
|Mission||It is the mission of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority to preserve and promote “The District” as the cultural, historic, and business heart of the City of Bowling Green and Warren County. We strive to build civic pride and a sense of community by creating opportunities for citizens and area businesses to participate in the life of downtown.|
Sixty years ago downtown Bowing Green was thriving with numerous car dealerships, groceries, gas stations, and retail shops. As Scottsville Road and I-65 began to develop, the District area began experience a sense of neglect, as well as a steady decline in the trends of economic growth and residential development. As many business darted for the new territory and market campaigns proved no avail, local merchants and business owners soon realized that they must focus on the overall needs of the District area, instead of only a small demographic, if they were to revitalize the area.
The Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) was thus formed by members of a local merchants group, who focused on the overall needs of downtown Bowling Green. To begin this initiative the DRA enlisted community funds and support to revitalize Historic Fountain Square Park. The DRA raised over $60,000 from passionate individuals and businesses who were committed to seeing downtown Bowling Green at its full potential once again.
The DRA began its mission to show the local community the organization could lead the growth and development of The District area. This included forming a board of directors and acquiring volunteer members whose interests were diversified. The group focused on re-expanding the size of Downtown Bowling Green, adopting the motto “From the River to the Hill, from the Railroad to the Bypass, The District”, and began working with local government and the community to renew interest and investment in the downtown area.
The DRA led the community in the creation of a vision for the future of downtown, which included historic preservation, the development of new and existing residential and retail spaces, and an increase in visitors to downtown. All of these factors proved to be key elements in the revitalization of the District area. In this master planning process, the community selected the recreation of an historic green space, formerly known the Circus Lot, as a catal