Federal block grant money has been used in the Historic Buena Vista neighborhood (just northwest of Downtown) to make significant quality of life changes to the streetscape. The changes include a traffic-calming, aesthetically pleasing median on Madison Street, neighborhood identifying signs, and period-distinctive streetlights and street signs. The signage incorporates the rose window feature of the historic building that current houses Hopewell Baptist Church.
Just to the east of Buena Vista, Salemtown has been granted its own federal funds for improvements to its streetscape. Its Citizen Advisory Committee meets tonight at 6:30 at the Randee Rogers Center on Rosa Parks to continue to discuss the possibilities with its landscape architect.