Downtown Digest News

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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…To read more — login/sign up


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


Streetscape Upgrade Clears the Clutter, Reinforces Downtown Brand

September 21, 2017 — The streetscape project currently underway in Rosslyn, VA, aims to strengthen the city’s brand, decrease visual clutter, and improve the pedestrian experience. A formal inventory of everything on the streets revealed that the BID had "quite a mish-mash of elements, just hundreds of various pieces that didn’t match, and that adds…To read more — login/sign up


Marketing Campaign Attracts New Residents from Neighboring Cities

August 10, 2017 — An integrated marketing campaign in Berwyn, IL, is attracting new residents and businesses, and changing public perceptions of what a small suburb close to one of the country’s largest cities can provide in terms of amenities and lifestyle opportunities. Berwyn’s success comes in part from promoting its inclusiveness. The city sets…To read more — login/sign up


Smoking Bans Sought to Reduce Nuisance Behavior, Better Reflect Downtown Brand

July 27, 2017 — Cities nationwide are considering bans on smoking in select areas downtown, and in Fort Collins, CO, the existing smoking restrictions have been expanded. Smoking is prohibited in Old Town Square, all city-owned or operated facilities, grounds, parks, trails, and natural areas, and most city-approved events and festivals. Eugene, OR, is also…To read more — login/sign up


March Madness Inspires Downtown Dining Campaign

July 14, 2017 — Downtown Madness in Pueblo, CO, is highlighting the city center dining scene and helping restaurants attract new customers. Structured much like basketball’s March Madness, this popular campaign pits 16 restaurants against each other in a good-natured elimination-style competition that narrows the brackets down to eight, then four, and finally two, before…To read more — login/sign up