A seven-step guide to downtown revitalization

Want to create vibrant, walkable neighborhoods but don’t know where to begin? (Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization has you covered.

This new report from Smart Growth America uses a seven-step process for downtown redevelopment:

  1. Understand your community
  2. Create an attractive, walkable place
  3. Diversify economic uses
  4. Plan for equity
  5. Improve government regulations and processes
  6. Finance projects
  7. Establish on-going place management

Downtown revitalization and smart growth are achievable in any community, the authors contend. The guidebook contains tips for revitalizing existing business districts and guidance on creating new ones by repurposing industrial parks, suburban shopping centers, and other underused assets.

This guide will be especially useful for small communities looking to attract and retain young people. As stated in the conclusion, “Downtown revitalization is much more than making physical improvements; it’s about bringing people together.”

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