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Rather Than Regulating Chains, City Imposes Limits on Width of Storefronts

July 12, 2019 — In a bid to keep small retailers from being priced out of its resurgent downtown, St. Petersburg, FL, is experimenting with new rules regarding its merchant mix. The city’s "storefront conservation corridor" offers an unusual approach to regulating retailers in two busy business districts. Rather than limiting chains or banning them…To read more — login/sign up

 

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Community Casts Votes for New Placemaking Project

June 27, 2019 — A downtown-wide vote engaged the public and provided needed supplies for local charities in Winchester, KY. With eight potential place-making projects and just $5,000 to spend, Main Street Winchester created the Winchester Downtown Bracket to select the winning project. The projects were in four categories: downtown amenities, public art, pedestrian improvements,…To read more — login/sign up

 

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July 2019

Rather than regulating chains, city imposes limits on the width of storefronts —  The “storefront conservation corridor” in St. Petersburg, FL, offers an unusual approach to regulating retailers in two busy business districts. Rather than limiting chains or banning them outright, the city created new rules that define storefronts based on the width of their street-level facades. ...

New 5G equipment creates conflict in downtowns —  Mirroring a national pushback against the new generation of “small-cell” wireless antennas, officials in Whitefish, MT, aren’t keen about the prospects of new devices popping up in a downtown known for its mountain vistas and buildings that date to 1919. See a National League of Cities report about 5G antennas....

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Pedestrian Times, Mid-Block Crosswalks, and More Boost City’s Walkability

May 30, 2019 — In recent years, Corning, NY, has taken pains to become more pedestrian-friendly. The small city has invested more than $1 million in safety upgrades to two areas with bustling pedestrian traffic. In one low-cost improvement, Corning made the mid-block crosswalks in its downtown safer by removing parking spots near the pedestrian…To read more — login/sign up

 

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June 2019

Retail shifts dovetail with downtown assets —  The business of retailing has been roiled by rapid changes in technology and society. The evolution is changing the way stores and restaurants operate. Click here to read the archive article, Food halls draw diners and restaurateurs. ...

Gift-bag giveaways help promote business district merchants —  The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership in Manhattan came up with a unique promotion: The district recycles its eye-catching street banners into “banner bags” given away at the organization’s events. See a fact sheet on the Flatiron Partnership’s gift bag program. ...

Downtown adjusts parking rules for food truck operators —  Orlando ranks as one of the nation’s most welcoming cities for food trucks. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation report rated it as the third-friendliest locale for operators. Read the Food Truck Nation report....

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Faced with Clogged Streets, Downtowns Consider Shorter Delivery Hours, Steeper Fines

May 16, 2019 — Like many business districts, the village of Ridgewood, NJ, faces traffic snarls caused by trucks making deliveries. Ridgewood is considering a dramatic crackdown: The village council has entertained — but not enacted — a ban on deliveries between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. The village also considered imposing a weight limit…To read more — login/sign up

 

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By Hosting a Limited Number of Strategic Events, Downtown Attracts New Visitors

May 2, 2019 — For years, downtown leaders in El Paso, TX, steered clear of hosting events. Joe Gudenrath, executive director of El Paso’s Downtown Management District, figured there was no need, considering other organizations put on a full slate of festivals, fitness events and gallery tours. "Plenty of events already are happening," Gudenrath says.…To read more — login/sign up

 

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May 2019

By hosting a few strategic events, downtown attracts new visitors —   For years, downtown leaders in El Paso, TX, steered clear of hosting events. But in 2017, the Downtown Management District had something of a change of heart. They decided to organize a limited number of strategic events that would highlight downtown El Paso's assets. View promotional videos for El Paso’s Downtown Barstool Open,  Eat Authentico Restaurant Crawl, and Downtown Living Tour below. ...

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“Boot Camp” for Startup Entrepreneurs Pays Big Dividend in Small Downtown

April 4, 2019 — To combat high vacancy rates, Monticello, IL, launched an entrepreneurial boot camp to coach would-be business owners about setting up shop downtown. Instructors are volunteers, and each week focuses on a crucial part of operating a business. There’s an accounting course one week, a finance class the next. Courses also focus…To read more — login/sign up

 

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