Becoming a town of action

Published May 2, 2009 | Selma Times-Journal

Selma is on the brink of moving up. The evidence of that is in the movement of various groups, including the city.

In the not-so-distant future, residents of the city will see the first phase of the riverfront park get under way. The initial phase will include construction of about 2,300 linear feet of a 10-foot wide concrete path, a 50-foot timber bridge and two overlooks adjacent to the Alabama River.

The members of ArtsRevive have begun already the clean-up of the Carneal Building on Water Avenue. Portions of the building will provide an outside space for concerts and outdoor shows. The building’s main room will be used as a multipurpose space with a commercial kitchen in the back, so people can rent it for functions. The room also will be used for workshops to bring other artists to Selma.

Other projects are expected to be announced in the near future.

Selma isn’t just sitting and waiting for something to happen. City officials, private individuals and non-profits are working all along to take this gem on the Alabama River and make her a shining diamond for tourists and residents.

Naysayers will always toss the negative toward any project. But the rest of us should join together and support these efforts to enhance the quality of life in our communities.