With the help of a consultant, his group is envisioning the creation of a "neighbourhood concept" to make the downtown
a desirable place to live, work and play.
The hope is that it will bring back those mixed crowds of Anglos, Black and Latino pedestrians of different ages and classes -- a feature of Downtown
in its prime -- and that it will be a catalyst in turning around the fortress syndrome that is fast becoming a new characteristic of the city.
Provo is classified as a redevelopment area, certain federal funding programs and other economic incentives are available to help businesses in the area.
* The assistance provided is implementation-oriented, resulting in not another downtown
plan or study, but an aggressive course of action that local officials and community leaders can start to implement immediately;
This fall, Aurora Downtown
is gearing up to host the second annual Octo Street Fest held on Pinney Street behind Restaurant Row.
Monthly rental rates in downtown
Springfield for retail space generally range from 65 cents to 85 cents per square foot, compared with slightly more than $1 per square foot in downtown
Eugene, according to commercial real estate broker John Brown of Evans Elder & Brown in Eugene.
Instead, high praise was given to city officials and their private sector partners for staying the course and completing many highly visible initiatives recommended in the original America Downtown
Action Agenda, including a downtown
park along the Thames River, construction of more than 100 market-rate downtown
housing units and the rehabilitation of more than 100 existing downtown
housing units, beautification programs focusing on improvements to the facades of downtown
's historic buildings, increased street lighting, better street signage and improved relations with the local police department, especially during SailFest, the city's largest maritime festival.
"It's a very small step," says Susan Thompson, director, Downtown
Village Development Corporation (DVDC).
To make the business "downtown
friendly," the company and city began working together in the fall of 2004 to create a more attractive site and to fit with other renovations in downtown
As we took walks downtown
, the kids would ask, where do the children play?
She particularly emphasizes the role of women's civic improvement associations in promoting an image of downtown
, including grassroots "municipal housekeeping" and the important role women's groups played in attracting planners like John Nolen to devise plans for their cities.
Special entertainment districts surround downtown
, each with a unique flavor and a vibrant atmosphere.
Trent Shaskan's obituary of downtown
Little Rock (Guest Commentary, March 1) was indeed unfortunate.
However, just after passing The Crescent, Downtown
Dallas suddenly came into view, forming an immediately arresting and dramatic skyline.
The city and county have also invested substantial public funds in redirecting Port Washington Way, a freeway p roviding easy access to downtown
from the outer edge of the metropolitan area.