Map: How downtown Tyler is being recycled and rebuilt

The last few years have seen big changes in downtown Tyler. Properties that sat untouched for years, even decades, have new owners with new visions. Over 150 planned apartment units are answering deep demand for downtown housing. A vibrant weekend farmer’s market brings foot traffic along Broadway, and an eclectic mix of indie shops beckons from across the street. Meanwhile, city projects like the Innovation Pipeline and free garage parking reflect new kinds of city investment in our downtown core.

Will all this activity going on, it can be hard to keep track. The Tyler Loop has put together this guide to major downtown developments since the start of 2016, and we’ll be adding to it over time. Click a location to read about it, or just scroll down. This map is made possible by reporting from local daily news outlets; we’ve linked to their stories in the items below.

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Chris Groskopf is co-founder of The Tyler Loop and a member of its board of directors. He is a pioneer in the field of data-driven storytelling, having worked at The Chicago Tribune, NPR, and Quartz. In addition to his work as a journalist, Chris runs a software engineering team for Enigma, a New York City-based data technology startup.
Tasneem Raja is the Executive Editor of The Tyler Loop, a nonprofit journalism startup that explores policy, history, and demographics in Tyler, Texas. She is an award-winning journalist who has reported for NPR, The New Yorker, the Atlantic, Mother Jones, and other national outlets. A former senior editor at NPR, she launched a popular podcast exploring issues of identity and race with NPR's Code Switch team. At Mother Jones, she specialized in data visualization and led a team that built the first-ever database of mass shootings in America. She's a pioneer in the field of data-driven digital storytelling, a frequent speaker on issues of digital journalism, and a die-hard fan of alt weeklies, where she got her start as a local reporter. She lives in Tyler with her husband, her stepson, and two imperious terriers.
Tyler native Erin Hancock interns for the Tyler Loop during summer and holiday breaks—at least, when she’s not interning in Santa Fe or South America. She is pursuing a degree in anthropology, with certificates in ethnomusicology and museums, archives and public history, at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
An East Texas native, Jamie Maldonado has worked as a visual journalist and copy editor for the Longview News-Journal, The Denver Post, and other publications. He serves as the campus photographer and graphic designer at Kilgore College, and moonlights as a fine art photographer (complete with a master’s degree). Taking to heart Dorothea Lange’s quote, “a camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera,” Jamie has turned his lens on his hometown and its people to see it all anew.