“At the base of Alabama 59, several lots once boasting beach houses, restaurants, bars, shops and small amusement parks sit empty, growing weeds as they have since Hurricane Ivan blew through in September 2004.

Though there have been delays…there is a plan in place to transform this central beach area from an intersection of two four-lane highways into a dense, pedestrian-friendly downtown of high-rises, sidewalk cafes, ground-floor retailers, hidden parking lots and wide public spaces.”