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Saving Main Street: Powder Springs latest town seeking reinvention

Once a Victorian resort town known for its restorative waters, Powder Springs is struggling. A bookstore, consignment shop and florist anchor the downtown, while many of the red brick storefronts stand empty. New restaurants come and go. The Country Store of Seven Springs, housed in a white clapboard building believed to date back to the presidency of Andrew Jackson, has been closed since 2012, its iconic Coca-Cola advertisement slowly fading in the Georgia sun. “I love Powder Springs,” said Mayor Al Thurman. “I love the quaintness. But the fact of the matter is, if we don’t change with time, we’re really going to be left behind.” The city, led by the mayor and a revived downtown development authority, is spearheading an ambitious new project officials hope can emulate the successes of Woodstock, Suwanee and Duluth — small and medium-sized cities that were able to inject new life into their downtowns…