COLUMBUS, Miss (WTVA) -- In light of the recent crime in downtown Columbus, the streets are still full of holiday hustle and bustle.
Executive Director of Columbus Main Street says not only have businesses not been affected by crime, they are thriving.
"The streets are full, there's alot of traffic. There's people walking up and down the streets. It's a great time of year ofcourse but truly
I have not seen a decline in people at all," Barbara Bigelow said.
Local residents Homer and Erika Allison have been in business downtown for twenty-five years. They say they're seeing more traffic
in the downtown area than ever before.
"Infact the parade, I think we've had the biggest turnout we've ever had. My children were in it and I walked in it with them and kept
commenting several times on 'I can not believe how many people are here,'" Allison said.
Recently the city council voted to close the Trotter at 11 p.m. instead of 1 a.m. These new hours will stay in place for six months. They're
also talking about adding surveillance cameras as additional security.