Our Town Williamsburg: Why it's hip to be square

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Being connected to railways was key to getting Our Town Williamsburg incorporated in 1885. But the town’s square has been a big help in keeping it alive.

The square today is flanked on all sides by local businesses.

It’s the place be for retail and restaurants.

Originally it was just a grassy opening in the town but has since gone on to host playgrounds and large community events.

The square is so popular, it can be downright hard to find a place to park. Local leaders say it’s something they’re almost proud of.

“It’s a great problem to have," said Williamsburg Mayor Aaron Sandersfeld. "A lot of small communities are starting to die. You see some of them that have plywood on the windows but, Williamsburg is very fortunate, you know?”

That town square has a lot more to accommodate these days.

Back around the town was founded, Census data shows Williamsburg had near 600 people. These days the community has more than 3,000.