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Demonstration Project Makes Downtown Better

April 24, 2014
The Better Block project got its start in Dallas when a group of community organizers, neighbors, and property owners partnered to revitalize a single commercial block for a weekend. Since that time, Better Block projects have spread around the world. These volunteer-based projects, often referred to as “living charettes” or even “Extreme Home Makeover for…Continue reading


Busker Event Takes Over Downtown

April 10, 2014
Creativity is filling city centers with whimsical creatures, exciting acts, and potential customers who flock downtown to see buskers perform. The Ellensburg Downtown Association in Ellensburg, WA, networked with other busker festival producers and blended lessons learned with its own unique touches to create its highly successful Buskers in the Burg festival. The unique event…Continue reading


An Incubator Model for Smaller Communities

March 27, 2014
The Merrimack Valley Sandbox has created an incubator model, which it says will boost the social and economic vitality of cities with populations under 200,000. The model is more inclusive than most, the staff works with everyone from high school students and their teachers to senior citizens, as well as entrepreneurs from varied ethnic and…Continue reading


10 Rules for Downtown Chief Executives

February 28, 2014
In his 40-plus years working with nonprofit organizations, David Feehan, president of Civitas Consultants, has learned a thing or two about how downtown chief executives can ensure that the vision, mission, goals, and objectives of their organizations are on course. The February issue of Downtown Idea Exchange newsletter includes the first five of his 10…Continue reading


Reconsidering Portable Signage Ordinances Downtown

January 30, 2014
In an effort to balance sidewalk safety, downtown aesthetics, and small business owners’ desire to increase outreach to customers, many communities are re-examining portable signage ordinances. Because digital signage has become more affordable, it is also increasing in popularity and must be taken into consideration when drafting new regulations. The February issue of Downtown Idea…Continue reading