HWC Teams with the City of Muncie on Madison Street Improvements

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MUNCIE, IN  – When Rosemary Orr’s family business opened along South Madison Street in 1952, Dwight Eisenhower was running for president, “Howdy Doody” was a popular TV show for kids and Joseph Barclay was Muncie’s mayor.

And South Madison Street itself — where Orr’s husband’s grandfather, Ned Werbe, founded A Rental Service Co. in 1952 — was the city’s bustling commercial corridor.

In the past two decades, Madison Street businesses like Orr’s equipment rental company have watched as their street declined even while other parts of Muncie grew. McGalliard Road became the city’s busiest commercial strip.

So Orr said Wednesday she’ll be glad to see the city begin its overhaul of Madison Street soon.

“It’s going to be nice to see the new sidewalks come in and see the street paved,” Orr told The Star Press.

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