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Fishbony Alley is one example of the many innovative projects coming out of downtown Gulfport. Gulfport Main Street is proud to host the 2017 Destination Downtown conference, a regional Main Street conference that draws 150 attendees from Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Attendees will gather at Fishbone Alley with music on the first night, which will serve as the starting place for a Downtown Pub Crawl.


Fishbone Alley “Urban Living Room” A Community Project


Fishbone Alley is a one block long and a 20 foot wide alley, located in historic downtown Gulfport that connects 13th and 14th Streets.  Before the alley was revitalized, it was a common place for illegal dumping, tons of trash; rodents were always present, as well as other unsavory activities.  Now it's a funky little destination that backs up to the restaurants and bars located around the alley, and has an "entrance" to a most exciting location. 


Fishbone Alley, originally a utility alley used for trash and maintenance, was conceived to be not only a destination, but the heartbeat, the ultimate "Urban Living Room" in a place where there was once trash. 


The idea of Fishbone Alley is the brainchild of Economic Development Director, David Parker, and is a dream-come true for the City of Gulfport. The Economic Development Dept. and Gulfport Main Street (GMSA) spearheaded the alley’s revitalization effort.  The redesign created a pedestrian only right-of-way with century-old bricks, creative dumpster corrals, decorative lighting, and local art/murals all displayed throughout the entire length of the alley.


Where there was once broken concrete, there’s a path 100 year old bricks used to build the city in 1906.  Where there was once ugly broken utility lights, there are beautiful string lights, supplying the same security lighting, but in an esthetically pleasing way.   When construction was completed in 2016, the costs were approximately $250,000.  The creative Fishbone Alley signs and the art were made possible by a grant from the Knight Foundation via the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.  Local artists (and non-artists) were invited to “leave their mark” with murals, panels and the painted shutter program, and is an ongoing program allowing the organic nature of the alley through the eyes of our community. 


Located in the heart of downtown, this space encourages the community to come together, whether it’s lunch or afternoon coffee, listening to music or watching a movie. Fishbone Alley, and our “Urban Living Room”, is creating a social interaction of space, bringing the entire area together, connecting the dots to outlining communities and neighborhoods as well.  The grand opening drew thousands of locals and visitors alike who wanted to experience the essence of the Alley, unlike any other on the Gulf Coast. 


Expect to see many events and programming throughout the year with events like 3rd Saturdays, celebrating the music and culture of our heritage in a unique way each month.   Top it off with “The World’s Smallest Festival”, an event to promote that size really doesn't matter when it comes to celebrating.  This is just the beginning of many wonderful events and programs that are taking place in Fishbone Alley.

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