The sidewalks were abuzz in Blackstone and midtown Omaha on Saturday as prospective residents took part in a free midtown living tour.

The tour even attracted people who weren’t looking to move — some just wanted to see how the urban core of Omaha has changed.

A group of six people — family and friends — waited at Midtown Crossing for Ollie the Trolley to shuttle them to the next stop. All said they enjoy seeing the layouts of the apartments or condos and pick up decorating ideas.

“Omaha’s fun to look at,” said Shirley Johnson, who drove from Kearney to meet up with five Omahans in the group.

“It’s nice to see all the new development,” Kathy Yambor said.

Nearly 150 people showed up to take part in the tour within the first hour and a half, said Midtown Crossing business intern Kathy Nguyen. The residences were open from noon to 5 p.m.

Ashley Wright, who started the property investment company The Wright Buyers, had just finished touring Colonial Hotel with her mother, Wanda Wright.

“I like this one, it has an elegant presence,” Ashley Wright said.

Many people who went to Harney Place at Midtown were interested in the property and asking about available units, said Mary Jayne Throener, BHI Development project manager.

Friends Megan Harbison and Jason Palmer said they are looking for spots in midtown or downtown. They had tried to set up tours weeks ago, but it was difficult to line everything up.

“It’s a great way to hit all of them at one time,” Harbison said.

Then the trolley arrived, and they were off to their next potential apartment.

Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliavalentine. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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