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GREENSBORO, N.C.--Thousands of people walk and drive through downtown Greensboro every day.

However, many eyesores make some people wonder if it's a place to go through, or a place to come to.

Jay Puchalski is moving to Greensboro with his wife and three children.

"We just love it! Being able to walk downtown, it's a nice friendly atmosphere," he said.

Greensboro native Rickey Bailey disagrees. He says the atmosphere is spoiled by boarded up windows and doors.

"It leaves a bad taste in your mouth! it looks bad, i think it's very unattractive," he said.

The Greensboro City Council expects to pass an ordinance to clean up store fronts and businesses.

They also support Action Greensboro's pop-up promenade plans for May and June.

"Our idea was really to create a pedestrian experience--test out some ideas downtown they haven't done before," said Cecelia Thompson, Director of Projects,Action Greensboro

The promenade would involve closing off February One Street on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.

"We're painting the street, putting lights out on the trees, mounting color-changing lights on top of the civil rights museum," Thompson said.

The group hopes to attract more people downtown, bringing increased revenue to the city.