It may be a coincidence, but it’s our sense that the Main Street renovation project may be fueling something of an “aesthetic renaissance” in the Hillsboro community. As the downtown project takes shape with emergence of new sidewalks (including the attractive brick ribbon), new curbs and gutters, a much nicer street-and the prospect of some classy streetlights still to come-a new sense of community pride seems to be developing right along with it.

It actually began before the earth-movers arrived to tear up Main Street. The city launched a clean-up campaign soon after the first of the year. At the very least, the intent of the program has been to eliminate eyesores that also are potential health hazards. Although the program has not been without controversy and some ill will along the way, it must be said that it has accomplished a lot of good, too.

Our article on Page 3 about improvements at Memorial Park describes one more practical application of community pride. The project was long overdue, and we salute the city-specifically building inspector Martin Rhodes and his crew-for taking it on so promptly and aggressively.

So what’s next? We’ve got an idea or two for further beautifying this town. How about you? -DR

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