Are You a Millennial? Fort Myers Wants You to Move Downtown

Fort Myers officials are willing to rewrite the law books to make shopping, dining and living around downtown more attractive to millennials. Higher density around downtown means more buildings for urban housing, retail and coffee shops. The city’s goal seems simple: diversify the economy, create a walkable environment and establish a hub of activity. Then, theoretically, millennials will come. Read more... Read more

Finding Joy in Urban Winters

A contingent of hardy souls wants to change the way North America’s coldest cities experience winter, and they’re looking to a part of the world renowned for both happiness and monster winters: Scandinavia. In fact, the Danish concept of hygge may hold the key to cities’ winter well being. “Coziness” is perhaps the word’s best translation, although togetherness, enjoyment, relaxation, and comfort capture angles of it too. Read more... Read more

In Downtowns, Optimism Rings

An in-depth look at the main streets of four Pennsylvania communities — Sunbury, Lewisburg, Selinsgrove and Danville — reveals that, while each community has its unique characteristics, they share similarities. All have parks — and festivals — but also the same type of worries that the individual characteristics and economies of Main Streets are in jeopardy. No matter the circumstances, each community shares one common characteristic: optimism. Read more... Read more
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