To all of our dedicated volunteers,
I have a report that I think you might all be interested in reading. It's called Turning Around Downtown: Twelve Steps to Revitalzation and is published by the Brookings Institution. Basically, it's a guide to downtown revitalization and I highly recommend it. Click here for the link. From the website:
"Though every downtown is different there are still common revitalization lessons that can be applied anywhere. While any approach must be customized based on unique physical conditions, institutional assets, consumer demand, history, and civic intent, this paper lays out the fundamentals of a downtown turnaround plan and the unique "private/public" partnership required to succeed. Beginning with visioning and strategic planning to the reemergence of an office market at the end stages, these 12 steps form a template for returning "walkable urbanism" downtown."