FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Downtown Fulton is looking up. New construction is underway to beautify the area and attract more shoppers.
Jeff Reese said downtown Fulton is not the same.
"It's changed a lot since I was a kid," said Reese.
Reese remembers when traffic was so heavy that you could hardly get down the road. Now, he said traffic has shifted.
"Everything has moved to the other end of town," said Reese. "It's a lot more congested out there. People want to be out there instead of coming into town."
Reese isn't the only one hoping downtown Fulton picks up. Mayor Paul Walker said downtowns are the heartbeat of a city.
"When I was growing up as a young man right here, every building was full. There were clothing stores for men, women clothing stores, cafés on the street corners and people around the court square," added Walker.
Walker said leaders want to restore that image and bring life back to downtown.
"I think the additions we've done so far will certainly bring it back," said Walker.
A new 16-foot four-sided clock will stand next to the post office to welcome visitors to the downtown area. Across the street, construction is underway for a brand new parking lot.
Officials hope the new features make the downtown area more attractive and inviting.