Tag Archives: Downtown

Design Your Town

This interactive web-based resource from the Regional Plan Association (RPA) is for citizen planners, professionals and anyone concerned about the quality of the villages and landscapes where they live. The website has attractive and sustainable designs for different kinds of places along with the details, policies and regulations needed for implementation. You can start by picking the kind of place you want to fix – from downtowns to rural villages – or by searching through best practices for landscape design,... Read more

West Chester Business Improvement District Recognized with Great American Main Street Award

West Chester, Pennsylvania’s Business Improvement District (BID) is one of the three winners of the 2017 Great American Main Street Award from the National Main Street Center Inc. West Chester’s revival began 17 years ago when the BID was established to help encourage public and private sector partnerships that support economic development and local revitalization efforts specific to the community’s needs. Read more... Read more

Making the Most of Main Street: Complete Streets & Walkable Communities

How do Complete Streets help communities achieve walkable main streets? What steps can advocates and practitioners take to revitalize their downtowns? Join the National Complete Streets Coalition and co-host America Walks to discuss these questions and more. This webinar will feature speakers from the City of Langley, Washington and Langley Main Street Association as they share their experiences developing and implementing Complete Streets on their downtown corridors. Speakers will explore examples of collaboration between public health and rural economic development,... Read more

The Reality of Main Street

It is true that main streets have been battered in recent decades. Big-box and internet retail paired with the globalization of production have exposed communities to unprecedented competition. Sprawling development and migration have emptied out many small downtowns. Yet far from a myth, some main streets are thriving. These communities leverage the density of older and historic buildings, educational institutions and community and cultural facilities in their town centers to attract investment and bring renewed vitality to once hollowed-out downtowns.... Read more

Historic Tax Credits Bring Jobs, People to Downtown Cleveland

​ In 2016, few places commanded the national and international spotlights as much as Cleveland – as host to the NBA championship series, the Republican National Convention and finally, the World Series. In addition to these moments, Cleveland has quietly been crafting another story to tell – the resurgence of its central business district. Much of the credit for the office-to-residential conversion in Cleveland’s central business district, goes to the strategic use of federal and state historic preservation tax credit... Read more
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