Downtown areas and Mainstreets are essential to a community’s economic and social well-being. A vibrant and active downtown can improve residents’ quality of life and retain people who may be considering a move to another city. They can become a one-stop shop for people to work, play, socialize, and take pride in their community. Preserving and revitalizing those places is crucial to support the local economy, sense of place, social well-being, and community pride.
The Downtown Core of Hobbs has undergone a series of changes and developments over the years. In the City’s early years, the Downtown area was the center of commerce and activity, with a bustling Mainstreet lined with shops and businesses. However, as the City grew, commercial and business activities moved to new commercial corridors, changing the mix of uses Downtown and leaving the Downtown Core in decline.
In the past 20 years, there has been a renewed focus on revitalizing the Downtown area. The City, along with local businesses and community organizations, has undertaken several initiatives to attract new businesses and visitors to the area, however, with limited impact. With this effort, the JF Maddox Foundation has organized a planning project to develop a shared vision for Downtown and strategies to implement and achieve this vision.