TYLER, Texas — If you recently visited downtown Longview, you probably saw the new stores and restaurants that started to pop up. In addition, there is something new headed to downtown, that brings a bit of the razzle-dazzle of Hollywood.
"Why can't we instill our community pride and our enthusiasm and the joy we get for being Longview-ites, you know, you don't have to be a celebrity in Hollywood to have made a footprint," Longview Mayor Andy Mack said.
Mayor Mack is proposing creating a "Walk of Stars" in downtown Longview, that would honor the people that make the city great.
"I think we're going to have plenty to choose from," Mayor Mack said. "And even people still living right here in Longview that have done such great things, have made such impacts here in our community."
While this is still in the idea phase, Mayor Mack says he plans on forming a committee that would come up with the nomination process, including categories and criteria. Although there are a couple of Longview natives, such as Governor Greg Abbot and Matthew McConaughey, that are a safe bet to make it onto the tribute.
"You don't have to have gone out and become a governor or an Oscar-winning actor to be on our list," Mayor Mack said. "You know, we're going to make it inclusive of a lot of things and a lot of different people."
While there is no timetable yet on when the project will begin, Mayor Mack says he already has people looking at places downtown.
"It may not necessarily be a star, it might be a hand-print or a footprint, might be a wall," Mayor Mack said. "It might be something different, but it'll be something unique that will be fun and entertaining. And hopefully, a drawing card that people want to come and see."