Downtowns & Main Streets

This series of articles and postings looks at a key concern of local planners: finding ways of strengthening our communities’ downtown and main street districts.

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Wanted: Downtown Grocery Stores

As Americans’ taste for downtown living grows, so does their appetite for downtown grocery stores. So, why is it still rare to see a grocery store downtown? Economic development consultant Kennedy Smith provides some answers.

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Downtown Hurdles

It should be no harder to develop downtown than elsewhere. Yet, as PCJ columnist Kennedy Smith argues, too many regulatory hurdles often face downtown development.