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Old 07-10-2013, 12:19 AM
 
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These individual projects do not make much of a difference on their own but it is the cumulative effect of these and others that can be noticed.

The "In-Bloom" contest isn't even a city project but it has had a significant effect on Huntington's initial appearance. Here are some of the volunteers' accomplishments:

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•Hanging flower baskets throughout the downtown and flower plantings at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Heritage Station, City Hall, Cabell County Courthouse, along Veterans Memorial Boulevard and on 9th Street.

•A new mural on the 14th Street West underpass and a new landscaped area near the Hal Greer Boulevard underpass.

•Installation of the last of the commemorative sidewalk plaques along the Old Main Corridor on 4th Avenue.

•Businesses, churches and neighborhood groups embracing the Huntington in Bloom color theme of red, white and blue.

In addition to the volunteer activities, Huntington in Bloom received a grant to purchase a street vacuum, and Huntington resident Courtney Proctor Cross donated money to purchase a second street vacuum. Dr. Joseph Touma also donated funds to pay clients at the Coalition for the Homeless to water flowers and pick up litter downtown. The Municipal Parking Board donated money to pay for the water used to water downtown plants.
City to be judged on efforts to beautify - The Herald Dispatch

Even something as small as adding lighting to the trees downtown can be significant. It creates a nice ambiance.

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Crews have been out this week bringing a little more ambiance to the streets of downtown Huntington, in the form of solar-powered tree lights.
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Most of the lights will be along 4th Avenue, with some along 9th Street as well. They'll eventually stretch from 8th Street to Hal Greer Boulevard along 4th Avenue and from 3rd to 5th avenues along 9th Street. This week, the first phase is being completed, which includes lights on 4th Avenue between 8th and 10 streets, as well as lights along 9th Street between 3rd and 4th avenues.
Tree project focuses on downtown - The Herald Dispatch

The idea here is that it's the little things that count.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:46 AM
 
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I like seeing the cities trying to revitalize their downtown areas. Good for Huntington.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:51 PM
 
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I firmly believe that paying attention to small details will lead to bigger things as well. It's nice to see Huntington is making these efforts.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:29 PM
 
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If anyone here has been to Blacksburg VA, one of the first things that you will notice while just driving on the freeway, is that the on- and off-ramps are adorned with beautiful floral arrangements. That alone causes me see Blacksburg in a more positive light. Keep in mind that I am NOT a VTech fan. Lol. These simple details really can change the way an area is viewed upon by outsiders.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:04 PM
 
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Agreed wizard and shocker. It is the little details and some effort that usually makes the difference.
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:56 AM
 
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The little things do indeed make a huge difference. It sounds like Huntington did well in this competition and the judges seemed to be impressed with our wonderful town. We should get the results by the end of September. Here are some more articles:

Huntington's Historic Preservation Impressive to Bloom Judges | Huntington News

Bloom tour continues today - The Herald Dispatch

Residents urged to continue sprucing - The Herald Dispatch
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Old 07-13-2013, 12:27 PM
 
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The little things do indeed make a huge difference. It sounds like Huntington did well in this competition and the judges seemed to be impressed with our wonderful town. We should get the results by the end of September. Here are some more articles:

Huntington's Historic Preservation Impressive to Bloom Judges | Huntington News

Bloom tour continues today - The Herald Dispatch

Residents urged to continue sprucing - The Herald Dispatch
Huntington should compete in this every year. Just as incentive to clean up and keep up.
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:33 PM
 
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I agree pynball.
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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I think that is the plan at this point.
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:01 AM
 
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The mayor's comments on Huntington in Bloom.

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