Noted national “main street” expert Kennedy Lawson Smith makes the case for why downtown should matter to planning commissioners and others..
Downtowns & Town Centers
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Planning Commissioners Journal issue #52 included a series of articles providing an introduction to historic preservation planning and why it is has become important to our cities and towns. The download includes the full issue.
Post offices, municipal halls, libraries, courthouses, and other public buildings can play a critical role in keeping downtowns and town centers strong. Conversely, the loss of key public buildings can seriously damage the fabric of downtown.
Local entrepreneurs, working building by building, can be the most effective resource in strengthening downtowns. Author and lecturer Roberta Gratz recounts the step-at-a-time revitalization efforts that are having a big impact in Columbus, Ohio.
It’s not unusual to hear complaints that downtown retail districts suffer from a lack of adequate parking. Roberta Gratz takes a closer look at this concern, and outlines “people first” steps to better address downtown parking.
What do you see when you walk down the main street of your city? Are the buildings and public spaces interesting to look at? Do you feel comfortable and secure? In this well-illustrated 7 page article, planner and landscape architect Ilene Watson provides an introduction to urban design..
Local farmers’ markets provide one of the best ways of increasing downtown activity, while offering a valuable outlet for area farmers. Author and lecturer Roberta Brandes Gratz takes a closer look at the role farmers’ markets can play — and why they’ve become so popular.
Community development consultant and author Jack McCall with some ideas on strengthening downtown retailing.
Planning for new development in downtown districts, whether in towns or cities, requires flexible zoning and careful consideration of design issues.