Why is it that neighborhoods with older, smaller buildings often seem more vibrant than those with larger, newer ones? Ed McMahon explores this question, highlighting some recent research.
The revitalization of a neglected commercial district or residential neighborhood often begins with improvements to a single building or storefront. An overview of how façade improvement programs work.
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.
May is National Historic Preservation Month, a time when people across America celebrate their history, culture, and special places. Sponsored annually by the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1973, it is designed to raise awareness about the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance our historic communities.
Preservation planner Amy Facca provides an overview of the different kinds of plans used to strengthen local historic preservation efforts.
Community planners and economic development professionals are increasingly identifying communities’ signature elements, including location specific historic and related sites, as well as businesses and institutions that are part of the “creative economy.”
Bath, Maine, is just nine square miles in size, with a population a little under 9,000. But it has a thriving downtown and riverfront. A look at some of the ingredients that have made downtown Bath so strong.
New PlannersWeb columnist Amy Facca says historic preservation provides one of the best ways to make the most of old buildings, maintain and build on community character and history, and invest responsibly for future growth.
Close to Hartford’s “seats of power” — state government; insurance companies; and Trinity College; you’ll find Frog Hollow, a predominantly Latino neighborhood. It has a mix of walk-up apartments, neighborhood restaurants, stores, churches, and social clubs. But anchoring it is an innovative mixed-use development called Billings Forge.
We invited our readers to tell us about their home town, how their planning commission functions, and what they see as their major challenges. Brief reports from about seven quite different communities.
Gaining a solid understanding of your community’s natural and built environment will lay the groundwork for more effective planning.
Discovering sometimes hidden community assets can lead to big economic benefits.
One small Michigan city is focusing its efforts on building a strong downtown. A look at some of the challenges and opportunities facing Niles, Michigan.