Downtown Association survey viewed as first ‘master plan’ step

The Rockdale Downtown Association would like to know what you think about—what else?—downtown Rockdale.

The livewire RDA, which is composed of a number of dedicated business people who want to see downtown grow and flourish, has hired Halff Associates to develop the firstever specific master plan targeting the downtown area.

And the first step is gathering information, asking people what they think about downtown Rockdale, pro and con, and soliciting ideas for making it a more vibrant place.

Toward that end, there’s now a short survey, both online and in print, the RDA would like to see filled out by as many persons and possible, both Rockdale residents and others.

It’s short, to the point and there’s an added incentive. Someone who completes the survey will win a $100 “groceries or gas” Brookshire Bros. gift card in a prize drawing. Deadline to fill out the survey for that offer is Tuesday.

That’s nice, but the real prize will be a first step toward a coherent plan to make downtown Rockdale the best it can be. While downtown certainly isn’t what it was 40 years ago, it’s also not the tumbleweed-and-prairie downtown areas which many Texas small towns have become.

Probably the best thing downtown Rockdale has going for it is a hard core of business owners and employees who genuinely care about their area and are willing to take the time and effort to make it better, not just for their enterprises but for all of us.

And we can help them. The survey is easily accessible at or You can also pick one up at City Hall or in the offices of the Municipal Development District at Bit of History, 114 East Cameron.—M.B.

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