Every other week we share an article summary from Downtown Idea Exchange. Over the course of the year we’ve covered everything from business recruitment, to streetscape improvements, to placemaking, and more.
To wrap up the year, we’re highlighting five of our most popular posts. Creative, informative, and adaptable, they showcase some of the best work in downtown revitalization.
You may read them now along with all of the 2022 posts at: Downtown Digest.
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1. Downtown marketplace supports local retail
In Reading, CA, a new venture brings together 18 small shops in an initiative that fills vacant space, nurtures local entrepreneurs, and provides a downtown gathering place.
2. City considers form-based Code downtown
Northampton, MA, is overhauling its zoning rules to bring form-based code to downtown and an adjacent neighborhood.
3. Shipping containers serve as downtown business incubators
Re-purposed shipping containers provide start-up businesses with a space to test their concepts.
4. Downtown association develops safety plan
Taking matters into its own hands, the Burlington Business Association developed a six point plan to ensure that the downtown is safe for residents, employees, and visitors.
5. Massive downtown dollars program makes an impact
In Thomasville, GA, Downtown Dollars are so widely used that a consumer might be able to survive on local currency alone.