Why Downtown? Why Now?

Why Downtown?

As a city's central core and a region's commercial heart, a vibrant downtown provides a sense of place and pride. It serves as a central business district, a hub for entertainment, and a robust space for dining and retail. Downtowns create a critical mass of activities where commercial, cultural, and civic activities are concentrated. 

  • Downtowns are major economic drivers for cities - every dollar invested has the potential to yield significant returns. 
  • Downtowns are for everyone in the community – locals and visitors. Part of their appeal and value is diversity, inclusion, and open-mindedness.
  • Downtowns have intrinsic historical and cultural significance and serve as a core part of a city's identity.

Our vision is to create a place where residents and visitors can enjoy amenities along the river, come for business or leisure, stay overnight just steps from their meeting or event, have ample choice in entertainment, restaurants and shopping, and above all else, get a sense of Beaumont's unique character and charm.

With your help, we want to build a thriving downtown where people come to live, stay, and play. An urban center where people, capital, and ideas come together. A concentrated community hub of activity where there's always something new to see and do. 

Why now? 

Now is the pivotal moment for Beaumont to seize the opportunity and breathe new life into its downtown. In essence, revitalizing downtown Beaumont is not just about preserving our heritage and creating a more attractive locale for residents; it's a strategic move that aligns with the broader vision for our city. The interplay of the I-10 corridor expansion, the growth of local universities, industry booms and the increasing influx of visitors position downtown Beaumont as the key player in our city's economic growth. In this era of connectivity, a thriving downtown is not just desirable; it is essential for any city aiming to harness the full spectrum of possibilities.

This is not merely an investment in the present; it is an investment in Beaumont's future. The foundation is already in place, and all that is required is a touch of revitalization. The cityscape is adorned with vibrant murals, waiting to be explored with the aid of inexpensive bike rentals. The Event Centre hosts festivals, the Civic Center buzzes with events, and two historical theaters stand as testament to our commitment to entertainment. Yet, this is just the beginning. The time to act is now, to transform our downtown into a bustling hub that not only honors its past but paves the way for an even brighter tomorrow. 

Goals:

  • Incentivize private investment and development through public efforts
  • Reimagine the river as a focal point and public amenity
  • Make downtown a vibrant place to live, stay, and play for locals and visitors
  • Encourage economic development – make Beaumont more attractive to new and potential residents, businesses, and investors 

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