Staff photo by Erin DeBlanc
n Local residents on a bike tour converse in an alley behind Broad Street during the Open Alley event Friday in downtown Texarkana. Activated Alley TXK hosted what they called a soft opening in the space between North State Avenue and the Kress Gap, which they hope to transform into an attraction for pedestrians. "This is a collaborative effort," organizer Christopher Bachers said about the development project supported by both cities and Leadership Texarkana. A grand opening is planned for the 150th anniversary of Texarkana's founding in December 2023. See extended coverage in print and online Monday.