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For the first time in about twenty years, the city of Davenport is officially recognizing the Hilltop as a commercial corridor, and an agreement has been reached to remove snow from the area in snow emergencies.

On Tuesday in the Hilltop Campus Village neighborhood, the streets and sidewalks were generally clear of snow and ice, even after this weekend's storm.

In year's past, Hilltop Campus Village Director Scott Tunnicliff says that wasn't the case.

"You'd have this tremendous accumulation of snow if you had any kind of winter at all, and it would pile up on the curbs, which wasn't too bad for people parking on Harrison trying to get out of their cars, because there was no parking on Harrison. Now there is," he explained.

Now, there's a new policy in place to help keep business coming to the Hilltop in the winter months.

Tunnicliff says, for the first time, the Hilltop is now included with downtown Davenport for snow removal by the public works department when the city declares a snow emergency.

"I think our mission is to make sure our area is more inviting for shoppers, for consumers, for residents of the area," Tunnicliff said.

He says it's all an effort to make the area come alive again, and some business owners, like Rock Eddleman at Rock's Anchor Grill, say they appreciate the new policy.

At Rock's diner, he says the change has already helped business.

"There was a lot of traffic here especially yesterday but there was a lot of traffic here that normally wasn't here especially after the road was cleaned yesterday," Eddleman said.

Another change the diner has seen since the snow removal is that cars are no longer kicking snow up from the street onto the windows here, keeping the building clean and more inviting to customers

In the past year, the Hilltop Campus Village says it's seen seven new small businesses open.

And, Tunnicliff says some more are expected to open in the coming year.