Corridor of Light Connects Downtown

April 6, 2017 As roadway and bridge improvements are made along a busy downtown corridor in Rosslyn, VA, city officials are using development funds to add lighted public art that will span the length of the main street and create striking gateways. The sculptures are giant, stainless steel structures with environmentally friendly lights, which can…

 

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DIX Article 1 start 14 pdf-post-tag Trends Analysis & Commentary headline Looking Ahead to 2017 body Downtown Idea Exchange recently invited a group of downtown leaders to discuss the trends that they see presenting challenges or opportunities in the new year. The health of local independently owned businesses was on the minds of many. Other…

 

December 2017

Pilot project transforms medians into programmed green space — One goal of the 2025 Downtown Miami Master Plan is to transform the downtown stretch of Biscayne Boulevard into an urban thoroughfare featuring a pedestrian promenade, an emphasis on public transit, and bicycle-friendly infrastructure. View the Biscayne Green Full Project presentation. ...

Ambitious retail recruitment program includes many facets — In 2015, the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association (ON, Canada), realized that its “very lively and thriving hospitality district” was lacking in retail options. See their retail recruitment presentation and prospectus. ...

Study reveals motivations and barriers to downtown visits —The city of Scottsdale, AZ, is exploring ways to grow specific areas of the downtown. Marketing firm HAPI is creating a new campaign for the downtown that will include a new logo, website, color palette, ads, posters, and more. Read the Downtown Scottsdale Brand Perceptions Presentation. ...

Video series to promote downtown’s small businesses  — The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will feature unique small businesses in brief 90-second videos which will be part of the Downtown Spotlight Video Series. See the proposed format for the video below. ...

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Repurposed Underpass Provides Connectivity and Public Gathering Space

November 16, 2017 A new park on eight acres beneath an Interstate 93 underpass now links two downtown neighborhoods in Boston, MA, while also providing an active urban space, cultural attraction, and parking amenity. Landscaped pedestrian boardwalks and bicycle paths along the Fort Point Channel create new connections between communities previously separated by highway infrastructure.…To read more — login/sign up

 

November 2017

Pop-up matches entrepreneurs with resources to spur business creation  — The JumpStart StartUp is a free pop-up program in Philadelphia, PA, offering entrepreneurs information and mentorship for every stage of business startup and growth. View promotional videos about the program. ...

Phased Complete Streets project improves safety, accessibility, and more  — Millburn, NJ, adopted a Complete Streets program in 2014, outlining a series of goals and objectives to make streets safer for pedestrians, improve traffic flow, address intersection congestion, and calm traffic where appropriate. See Millburn’s Complete Streets documents: Downtown Streetscape and Pedestrian Safety Capital Improvement Plan Township Committee Presentation Complete Streets Resolution ...

Community surveys help identify needs of rapidly growing neighborhood — The NoMa Business Improvement District in Washington, D.C., is rapidly transitioning from mostly office space to a popular mixed-use area. Read an archive article about the NoMa BID’s successful pop-up, The Lobby Project. ...

Green projects manage stormwater, improve aesthetics  — Fayetteville, NC, built its first green street in 2014 along a two-block section of a downtown thoroughfare already slated for redevelopment. Watch the video below and see a brochure about the Fayetteville Green Street. ...

To make the most of federal buildings, partnership is essential  — Denise Turner Roth, former head of the U.S. General Services Administration, in an article from Governing magazine, stresses the importance of strong partnerships between local community leaders and the federal government. ...

Market study aims to attract new businesses, inform existing business owners  — A new market study in Mankato, MN, is doing double duty as both a new business attraction tool and as a business retention tool. Read City Center Mankato, Information You Need to Invest with Confidence....

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October 2017

Walkability drives development, requires place management  — WalkUP Wake-UP Call reports have been generated for cities nationwide. See reports for the three cities below: Washington, D.C. Atlanta, GA New York City ...

Grappling with short-term rentals  — The Neighborhood Planning Committee in St. Paul, MN, is working to balance the benefits of participating in the sharing economy with some of the negative impacts of short-term rentals via Airbnb and others. Read the full study memo. ...

Experts weigh in on event trends  — Downtown organizations constantly strive to keep events fresh and annual meetings engaging. Increasingly it is new technologies and the changing desires of attendees that are reshaping those events, say the authors of the special report, 12 Global Trends Shaping Events in 2017. (Registration is required.) ...

Fire hydrants transformed  — Everything from utility boxes, to dumpsters, to manhole covers, and outdated fire call boxes have been artfully decorated to beautify and engage the public realm. View the interactive map of artistic fire hydrants in Geneva, IL....

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Complete Streets Project Improves Safety and Accessibility

November 2, 2017   Millburn, NJ, adopted a Complete Streets program in 2014, outlining a series of goals and objectives to make the streets safer for pedestrians, improve traffic flow, address intersection congestion, and slow traffic where appropriate. A three-phase implementation plan was developed with a robust series of traffic calming and other improvements that…To read more — login/sign up