You Can Always Go Downtown, as the Song Goes




Despite plenty of attractions elsewhere, people still like to go downtown. Perhaps Petula Clark's mega hit in the early 1960s --  Downtown -- tells us why...

When you're alone and life is making you lonely
You can always go downtown
When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know, downtown

Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares

So go downtown...

County Line Magazine spotlights downtowns in its annual Best of the Upper East Side of Texas reader poll. Here are the two winners in the most recent poll. They each make a nice day trip.

Rockwall (Under 50,000 population)

The downtown area of Rockwall has a nice variety of options available for shoppers (some late-night opportunities) and delicious dining choice like Bin 303, Book Club Café, Charlie’s Burgers & Street Tacos, Pier 101, Zanata, and The Fatted Calf. There’s plenty of activities in this inviting historic downtown district going on from live music, to special events, and its farmers market is open May through October. Uptown Downtown Art Gallery & Studio holds classes and exhibits throughout the year.

A self-guided historical walking tour tells about the history and architecture so carefully maintained since the late 1800s. With history as its foundation, the town has revitalized with specialty shops and boutiques and offerings to rival any town of its size. More information: www.rockwalldowntown.com.

Tyler (over 50,000 population)

The non-profit group Heart of Tyler has spearheaded projects now totaling more than $100 million in reinvestment in downtown Tyler. There are active art projects at Gallery Main Street with exhibits and public art on buildings and downtown streets and numerous events throughout the year.

Some of the downtown attractions include Discovery Science Place, Innovation Pipeline, and Liberty Hall. Downtown food and drink places include Jack Ryan’s Steak & Chophouse, Rick’s on the Square, Don Juan’s, Strada Café, Janie’s Cakes, ETX Brewing Company, and The Foundry Coffeehouse. cityoftyler.org.

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