- Marble Hill fires entire sewer department (8/23/16)3
- Witness says he saw man shoot Domorlo McCaster (8/19/16)2
- Students move into new fraternity housing at Southeast Missouri State University (8/18/16)2
- Southeast imposes 'interim suspension' of Sigma Nu fraternity over vandalism incident (8/19/16)21
- Ex-Southeast student gets probation for placing homemade sex video on porn site without woman's knowledge (8/24/16)4
- The Chrome Queens (8/21/16)2
- Pitmasters to descend on Arena Park for Cape BBQ Fest (8/19/16)2
- Logan's Roadhouse in Cape not closing; Ruby Tuesday fate still unknown (8/17/16)
- Local private school dreams bigger, plans for new building at Sprigg and Lexington (8/22/16)
- Gender-neutral restrooms now available at Southeast (8/18/16)38
More downtown projects
Planning for Cape Girardeau's downtown area continues to focus on making the city's oldest area an attraction that capitalizes on history.
The latest proposals include extending the old-fashioned street lighting that already brightens the downtown area all the way to Morgan Oak Street along Spanish Street.
Another project would make small grants to downtown businesses that upgrade their storefronts in keeping with the historic nature of the area.
And another project would turn the remaining portion of the old Mississippi River bridge into a pedestrian overlook.
All of the projects hinge of obtaining federal matching funds available through the Missouri Department of Transportation. These are funds that are limited to beautification projects, and the money can't be spent for other transportation-related needs.
The area between downtown and the new River Campus that Southeast Missouri State University is constructing for its school for the visual and performing arts is destined to become a Cape Girardeau centerpiece. Organizations like Old Town Cape, whose mission is to capitalize on the city's past, are to be credited for their ideas and hard work to turn those ideas into reality.