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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


Crosswalk Art a Safety and Funding Concern

June 29, 2017 — In light of Federal Highway Administration concerns about safety, some cities are prohibiting artistically painted crosswalks. That’s the case in St. Louis, MO, where the city has prohibited future crosswalk art projects. Doug Hecox, a spokesman for the Federal Highway Administration explains the safety concerns to Downtown Idea Exchange newsletter, "the road surface…To read more — login/sign up


New Technology Offers Public Amenity Along with Data-Gathering Capabilities

June 1, 2017 — Several cities nationwide are testing solar-powered products that provide free Wi-Fi and smartphone charging stations while simultaneously gathering pedestrian activity and traffic pattern data. In Oak Park, IL, the first Soofa Core unit was installed in a city park last August, closely followed by units in three other urban parks. The…To read more — login/sign up


Invisible Art Comes Downtown

April 20, 2017 — The availability of paint that shows up only when it’s wet has inspired whimsical, low-cost "invisible art" projects on sidewalks nationwide. Each project takes a slightly different approach. Seattle’s invisible art is humorous, while Huntsville, AL, aims to bring literature to the public art scene. "We wanted it to be something…To read more — login/sign up