A strong sense of place.
According to Main Street America -- an organization focused on downtown revitalization across the nation -- a vibrant downtown district goes a long way toward giving a community its character, vibrancy and identity -- a sense of place.
Downtown districts in Dalton, Thomasville, Moultrie, Valdosta, Tifton and Milledgeville, Ga., along with Live Oak, Jasper and Mayo, Fla., have had varying degrees of success when it comes to preserving, restoring or creating that sense of place.
By all accounts, one of the great success stories in the entire region is the city of Thomasville.
PorterBriggs.com named Thomasville "Nicest Place in the South" this month.
Porter Briggs said, "People have been flocking to Thomasville, Georgia, for over 150 years, and you'll only have to be here for a moment to see why. Since the years following the Civil War, when Thomasville was dubbed the Winter Resort of the South, the city has been refining its finely crafted hospitality, which is doled out in great helpings to visitors and residents alike. With the meticulously restored Victorian facades and brick-paved paths of its downtown, ample museums to explore and plantations to marvel at, ...