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April 2018

Grant funding and event planning guide foster inaugural events —  The Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) has offered its Start-Up Grant program since 2013 to encourage first-time events in Rochester, MN. Read the complete First Time Event Planning Guide and the Grant Guidelines document. ...

Listening, encouraging, and creating connections helps launch more entrepreneurial projects — Uptown Works, a cowork space, will be located in the historic World’s Attic building in the heart of downtown Somerset, PA. Watch the Uptown Works Introduction video below. ...

Repurposed shipping containers offer flexible, affordable space downtown —  Shipping containers are providing retail and residential space downtown and creating an attention-grabbing alternative to more traditional development. Container Park, in Las Vegas, NV, is perhaps one of the most ambitious of these projects. Read an archive article about Container Park. ...

Active Frontages encourage lively streets —  The Town of Milton, ON, Canada, is taking steps to create a more bustling, pedestrian-oriented experience downtown. See recent amendments to the town’s strategic plan. ...

Gee wiz parking technology —  Read a Parking Today article about the Westfield Century City parking system in Los Angeles....

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White Box Programs Make Older Buildings More Appealing to New Tenants

  March 2, 2018 — White Box programs are proving effective at driving redevelopment in city centers and getting hard to fill spaces rented. The programs typically help fund improvements to heating/cooling systems, lighting, electrical systems, bathrooms, and finished (but not yet painted) ceilings and floors. Improvements that are meant to make older buildings habitable…To read more — login/sign up

 

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Distilleries Drive Tourism and Renovation in Unlikely Downtown Locations

February 16, 2018 — Tasting rooms and events featuring local wineries and craft breweries have proved popular downtown. Now cities are finding distilleries are equally suited to the city center. The February issue of Downtown Idea Exchange newsletter highlights three distilleries that are contributing to historic preservation and attracting visitors and locals alike. In one example, the…To read more — login/sign up

 

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March 2018

City encourages Tactical Urbanism —  The city of Fayetteville, AR, is encouraging citizen placemaking via workshops and a new Tactical Urbanism: Permitting Process, Application & Materials Guide.  And for more information, read the final report from the pilot mini-roundabout project. ...

Tongue-in-cheek marketing touts downtown’s live, work, play assets —  A series of humorous videos produced by the Chamber of Commerce in Chattanooga, TN, allow the city to boast about its high-speed Internet, strong job market, quality of life, and more. See them below. ...

A proven White Box model —  White Box programs are becoming increasingly popular as they prove effective at driving redevelopment in city centers nationwide.  Read the Milwaukee Choice Neighborhood Critical Community Improvements Plan.  The White Box Grant guidelines are on page 27. ...

Revitalization project yields flexible walk/bike/drive/event space —  The two-block retail corridor in downtown Kirkland, WA, was becoming less walkable as tree roots buckled sidewalk panels, creating unsightly tripping hazards. Thanks to  an ambitious renovation project, Park Lane is now a pedestrian-friendly gathering space, while remaining open to vehicles, as well. Watch a video about the project below. ...

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February 2018

Planning, investment, and incentives help fill housing gap —  The city of Wausau, WI, is developing about 16 acres of waterfront after a lengthy public input and planning process. • See a PowerPoint presentation on the East Riverfront Redevelopment Area. • Read an application for Live It Up Wausau, which provides home purchase down payment assistance to employees who will work in the area. ...

Welcoming seniors and encore businesses downtown —  A growing number of ‘encore entrepreneurs’ are seeking to launch income-generating ventures that make a positive difference in their communities,” says a recent report from Encore.org.  Read the Encore Entrepreneurship and the Built Environment’s Executive Summary. ...

Tax breaks for development on vacant lots —  Lynchburg, VA, is considering tax incentives for new development in select areas of the city, including downtown.  See the full Incentive Plan for In-Fill Development. ...

Senior-friendly open spaces —  A report from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs recommends guidelines for senior-friendly open spaces. ...

Linking downtown’s parks —  The city of Bentonville, AK, is re-imagining its downtown open spaces to create a “Quilt of Parks,” each with a slightly different purpose. Download the report here....

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Mural Event Draws Crowds

December 14, 2017 — Downtown Lynn, MA, is seeing a huge investment in revitalization via the arts. Recently, the 10-day Beyond Walls mural festival changed the face of downtown, and attracted more than 2,700 visitors to the festival’s grand finale. Beyond Walls founder Alfred Wilson says he is inspired by art-centric revitalization in cities like…To read more — login/sign up

 

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