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Perception is, downtown Albany unsafe

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A study into what people want to see in downtown Albany shows many people don't go downtown at night because they think it's unsafe.

Albany State students surveyed downtown employees and others to find out what might attract more people to the area. They released the results to the economic development commission Wednesday. The study found 38 percent of people thought downtown was only somewhat safe and 25 percent said downtown somewhat unsafe. Officials say they'd like the students to do more research.

"There's a lot of information that we need to learn about downtown and under the city's leadership we're making steps in that direction and I think today's a part of that. Albany State is a good resource and certainly this is a great product they've put before us from some of the students who conducted this," said Albany Dougherty Economic Development Director Ted Clem.

Students also found most people would like to see an Italian restaurant downtown, specifically an Olive Garden. They'd also like to have a general supply store.

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