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Fayetteville Revitalization Turns To Person Street

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FAYETTEVILLE — New sidewalks, light posts, and businesses have all been a part of Fayetteville's plans for revitalizing downtown. But people on another side of town say they have been forgotten, and one business owner is trying to breathe new life into Person Street.

The 100 block of Person Street is filled with dusty store fronts and abandoned buildings. But to Robert Andrews, owner of the new Market House Cafe, this road is filled with possibilities.

"There's a lot of preconceived ideas as far as what Person Street is," he says. "One thing we're trying to show by being on this side is that the potential can become a reality."

The Market House Cafe has been open a little less than a month. Besides flavored coffee and Internet access, the cafe also features live music, poetry readings, and comedy every week.

Besides the new cafe, this old building will soon be a new Christian bookstore, local attorneys plan to open up office space, and with more buildings up for sale, the city hopes to have Person Street filled with people very soon.

"The street trees will be planted, the irrigation and infastructure will be upgraded, and the sidewalks will be replaced," says Robert Barefoot of the Maintenance and Engineering Department.

This is all promising news for Andrews, whose cafe has everything from the internet to the arts. He hopes new customers will soon follow.

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