If you’re selling a home, one of the first things you do is evaluate and enhance its curb appeal — the attractiveness of the exterior of the property.
If you’re selling the downtown area to shoppers, tourists, business owners, and others, it also needs good curb appeal.
Improving Downtown’s Curb Appeal presents seven approaches to enhancing the visual appeal of central business districts. Each was selected because it is relatively low-cost and quick to implement, while making a significant impact on the downtown area. You’ll find two approaches to re-purposing unsightly and underused space, three techniques for encouraging facade renovation, two ways to cut visual clutter, three strategies for reducing unsightly trash, practical methods to reduce panhandling, and four ways to activate vacant and dreary storefronts.
These techniques are in use in a wide range of cities including Ann Arbor, MI, Fontana, CA, Harrison, NY, New York, NY, Ocean City, MD, Paso Robles, CA, Portland, OR, Tampa, FL, Victoria, BC, Vineland, NJ, and Wilmington, DE.