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City Considers Converting One-Way Streets to Two-Way Traffic — Gets Pushback

August 8, 2019
Atlanta’s post-war boom has positioned it as the archetypal sprawling Sunbelt city. Now, some in the city aim to make downtown friendlier for pedestrians and cyclists by converting some one-way streets to two-way thoroughfares. The downtown business group Central Atlanta Progress has proposed turning six blocks of Baker Street into a two-way street. However, many…Continue reading


New 5G Equipment Creates Conflict in Downtowns

July 25, 2019
Add little Whitefish, MT (est. pop. 7,070), to the growing list of municipalities worried about an influx of 5G wireless antennas marring picturesque downtowns. Mirroring a national pushback against the new generation of "small-cell" wireless antennas, officials in Whitefish aren’t keen about the prospects of new devices popping up in a downtown known for its…Continue reading


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

July 11, 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 outright, St. Petersburg created…Continue reading


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, and landscape projects, with…Continue reading


Retail Shifts Dovetail with Downtown Assets

June 13, 2019
The business of retailing has been roiled by rapid changes in technology and society. The evolution is changing the way stores and restaurants operate. While these trends have proven difficult for many malls and suburban shopping centers, there’s some good news for downtown leaders: The shifts in retail play directly into the strengths of Main…Continue reading