Abingdon Police Chief Fred Andrews, left, and Jim Davis, right, look around the 100 block of South Main Street in downtown Abingdon during a tour. In the next few weeks crews will demolish a total of 10 downtown buildings, most which were constructed in 1870's. The cities decline started in the late 1970's, “By the 1990s, hardly anyone lived downtown. There were only a few businesses. It was a tough thing to see.” said historian Jim Davis, when the largest employer Abingdon Pottery closed up, it was the final nail in the coffen.