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Road to reducing the city’s emissions starts with vehicles, according to updated environmental plan

With an initial focus on reducing pollution from transportation, city staff are preparing to invest in more electric vehicles, improve efficiency of traffic flow and plan for more sidewalks, bike trails and shared use paths. 

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Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance earns accolades for response during pandemic

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance has received two state honors through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s annual awards program, including an “MVP” award for its response to help small businesses through the pandemic.

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With public’s input, first master plan for downtown begins taking shape

The closed gas station on the southeast corner of West Market and South Mason streets should be turned into a pocket park. Something needs to be done to attract pedestrians north of Court Square. And murals should be added to the abundance of blank wall space on buildings. Those are some of the comments city officials and consultants have received since March, when they asked for the public’s input on how downtown Harrisonburg should develop over the next two decades.

Art marks the spot. New guide offers insight into Hburg’s creative side.

Statues and mosaics around public buildings and murals on the walls of downtown restaurants are part of the artistic lifeblood of Harrisonburg. 

Summer events will be booming (even if city’s July 4th fireworks won’t be)

While the usual Friendly City Fourth of July event and fireworks display in Harrisonburg are cancelled for the second consecutive year, other annual festivities will return this summer. Here’s The Citizen’s guide to major events and festivals.

A downtown park? No more parking decks? Hburg residents have chance to shape city’s future

Harrisonburg community members can inspire a new vision for downtown to help shape its next 20 years, such as what to do with the lots where the two downtown parking decks stand.

Nearly 11 months in, here’s how local businesses have survived the pandemic and what they’ve learned

When the pandemic hit the United States last March and government orders closed down many of them temporarily, most local business owners were trapped in a kind of economic limbo. To survive, some businesses shifted their business models. Others pursued government loans to keep employees on the payroll. But, above all, many local Harrisonburg businesses learned they could count on the community’s support.

Finding gratitude in an otherwise bleak year

Even when 2020 has been downright awful, there have been acts of kindness and opportunities that have bound Harrisonburg families and the community together.

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