In part 2, Kitsinger continues with consideration of: targeted incentive tools; the need of a group to shepherd through the downtown plan; and the importance of gaining regional support.
In Part 1, Andy Kitsinger focuses on four ingredients to building a healthy downtown: strong leadership; effective community engagement; a shared vision & implementation plan; and policy alignment & appropriate regulation.
Could your community or local businesses benefit from passionate, smart, and well-educated workers who are willing to work long hours? A look at ways in which communities have helped connect young adults to jobs.
Textiles mills once dominated the Haw River’s economy. But by the 1990s, most of the mills had closed and the mill towns struggled to survive. In recent years, mill structures have been rehabbed for a new generation of residents, and a wide variety of new uses.
Taking a look at the critically important economic impact that cultural tourism has in North Carolina’s Triangle region.
In Portland, food carts have really sizzled. Head downtown and you’ll find an entire city block (home to a parking lot) completely lined by food carts. A look at “food cartology.” Also: the importance of public engagement in planning.
PlannersWeb Editor Wayne Senville continues his reflections on Portland, Oregon, with a look at transportation and land use, and how the city has become a leader in the “dead freeway” movement.
You see the silver, ovoid-shaped aerial trams high in the air heading up towards a hill. Is there a ski slope on the other side? Unlikely in a city that averages under five inches of snow a year. So just where are those trams heading? And why?
Hillsboro, Oregon — a fast-growing western suburb of Portland — is seeking to revive its downtown “main street” district by focusing on arts and culture.
My first stop in Portland was “First Stop Portland” — a unique nonprofit designed to help visiting planners (and others in related fields) get familiar with the city and region, and make connections with other professionals.
As a follow up to her previous column on approaches to bringing commercial uses closer to residential neighborhoods, Wendy Grey outlines some basic development standards for neighborhood commercial zoning districts.
Residents in established neighborhoods will often be very concerned about zoning proposals to allow new commercial uses close to their neighborhood. The question planners and planning commissioners must be able to answer is how the creation of a commercial district near a neighborhood will be a positive change.
A brief overview of tax increment financing: how it works, and some of the pros and cons in using it.