In first year, initiative has impact downtown

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One of downtown Augusta's organizations turns a year old today.

The main thrust of Augusta's downtown business improvement district, the Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative -- CADI for short -- logged the removal of 30 tons of litter and hundreds of pedestrian-assistance incidents in its first year.

"Our downtown is so much friendlier with these guys," said Margaret Woodard, the executive director of the Downtown Development Authority of Augusta, which oversees the initiative.

CADI is funded through a business improvement district that incorporates 30 downtown blocks. The businesses in the district pay an additional assessment, which totals $400,000 annually, for cleaning and safety services not provided by the city.

"People have come up to me who didn't sign the (business improvement district) petition because they didn't get it and now they get it. People have also said they'd like to be in it. Those are your two litmus tests," Ms. Woodard said.

CADI employees are power washers, tour guides, traffic-control assistants, graffiti removers and parking lot security guards.

Ms. Woodard said ideas are percolating on the possibility of more services in the second year, such as transporting downtown workers to lunch at restaurants.

She's also on the hunt for more revenue, saying there is a possibility that sponsorship spots might be offered on the CADI Segways.

Reach Tim Rausch at (706) 823-3352 or timothy.rausch@augustachronicle.com.

CLEANER, FRIENDLIER DOWNTOWN

The Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative (CADI) has been on the streets for a year. Some statistics on its first year:

61,725

Pounds of litter removed

78

Police-assistance incidents (traffic control)

250

Pedestrian- assistance incidents

148

Panhandler reports

Source: Downtown Development Authority of Augusta

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jgdarling
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jgdarling 03/25/09 - 07:37 am
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Got to love things that work!

Got to love things that work! Thank you property owners, DDA and M. Woodard.

nerthus
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nerthus 03/25/09 - 08:33 am
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The downtown is improving, we

The downtown is improving, we just have to do something about the large empty buildings around the Augusta Common. All of the small shops are great. More antique shops are needed so the downtown is known as the antique place to go.

jillpeterson
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jillpeterson 03/25/09 - 08:58 am
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oh that's right. panhandling

oh that's right. panhandling is illegal in the new friendlier downtown.

sprintman
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sprintman 03/25/09 - 11:41 am
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Wonderful job they're doing

Wonderful job they're doing downtown!

sprintman
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sprintman 03/25/09 - 11:54 am
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People need to support

People need to support downtown.

reruns
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reruns 03/25/09 - 12:02 pm
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support Downtown come drink

support Downtown come drink at the bars and some resturants oh and a small few shops. Plenty of parking and convient.

reruns
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reruns 03/25/09 - 12:04 pm
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I work downtown and I go to

I work downtown and I go to North Augusta to eat if I have to go out. It has clean resturants and the people that work in them are also clean and curtious.

iletuknow
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iletuknow 03/25/09 - 01:09 pm
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Keep your eyes out, don't go

Keep your eyes out, don't go alone, and stay in well lit areas where there are "friendlies" about.

sprintman
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sprintman 03/25/09 - 01:43 pm
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iletuknow who is scared of

iletuknow who is scared of his or her own shadow.

coco rubio
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coco rubio 03/25/09 - 04:13 pm
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slowly but surely.....

slowly but surely..... downtown augusta is improving....one building on the east side of the common has been revitalized.....the one on the west side will see work soon..... look for more improvements as downtown augusta moves forward in a positive way for all the CSRA to enjoy......

MissNea1908
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MissNea1908 03/25/09 - 04:43 pm
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They are doing a great job!!

They are doing a great job!! Well thought out Augusta1!

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