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Revitalizing Hopkins Street in New Iberia

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Revitalizing Hopkins Street in New Iberia

New Iberia, La (KADN) -"In the eighties, this was the old west end community business district, and it was thriving."

Community activists and business owners in New Iberia are coming together for a common goal, attracting new business owners.

Local marketing executive Micheal Messerly says he plans to help advertise current businesses hoping to attract more business owners to the street. "Just getting the word out. It's one thing to, but you gotta give people reason to come to the neighborhood. I want to help all the business owners in the community do that."

With so many buildings vacant and the street being busy, he says in there's one thing that needs to happen in order to get more businesses wanting to come to the area.

"It's the neighborhood that helps the neighborhood businesses, but in order to thrive in order to grow and everything. We got to help get other people on to Hopkins that live in other areas and throughout the city and the parish," says Messerly.

Carl Cooper, the owner of Da Berry Fresh Market, has resided on Hopkins for five years and says new business could be great for the youth. "Help the youth be more involved and see ownership and to see black people maintaining and governing their own communities. Anything that will influence the community in a positive and creative way."

Activist Donavan Davis says the lack of investment in the community played a major part. With this project, he wants to see Hopkins return to a street where businesses love being a part of the community. Though to do that— it needs the communities to help.

"It's going to take first off a grassroots effort of concerned citizens, of people who want to work together for a common goal. Reinvest in businesses, and then we can be on the road to a new beginning," says Davis.

Messerly hopes that in three to six months, they will be able to see progress to Hopkins Street. To attract business, both Messerly and Davis say they must do the outreach, and the communities have to come and discover what Hopkins has to offer.

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