Keeping Suburban Downtown Retail Districts Relevant

We were delighted to serve on a panel with Karen Cilurso, AICP, PP, of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission at the recent Pennsylvania American Planning Association Chapter annual conference here in Philadelphia in October. The DVRPC published a fascinating report last November called Suburban Downtown Retail Districts Strategies and Best Practices.  This study of the 71 downtown districts in their nine county service area was a comprehensive snapshot of these...

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Strategic Plan for Main Street Howell DDA (MI

We are wrapping up a five month Strategic Planning effort for one of the Master Level Communities in Michigan Main Street this month. Howell has a handsome downtown with only a few vacancies, and is seeing a flurry of new businesses come to town. Far from being a small town between Lansing and Detroit, Howell is a county seat with two cultural anchors, a recently renovated downtown movie theater showing Indy films, and the Opera House which is used a performance venue. See the Survey Report...

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Consumer and Stakeholder Survey Report Main Street Howell DDA Michigan

We are wrapping up a five month Strategic Planning effort for one of the Master Level Communities in Michigan Main Street this month. Howell has a handsome downtown with only a few vacancies, and is seeing a flurry of new businesses come to town. Far from being a small town between Lansing and Detroit, Howell is a county seat with two cultural anchors, a recently renovated downtown movie theater showing Indie films, and the Opera House which is used a performance venue.The survey report...

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The Power of Thank You Blog Post for Main Street Center

We don’t do it enough, say thank you, that is. We published a recent blog post as the Main Street Story of the Week called The Power of Thank You, primarily as a reminder how important these two words are to every Main Street organization. Read it here.    

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Assessment of Heritage Tourism Potential Report for Lansing IA Complete

Main Street Lansing IA is located on the Upper Mississippi River in the far northeast corner of Iowa, and they want to capitalize on their location along the national Great River Road Scenic Byway and the State of Iowa’s Driftless Scenic Byway to attract more visitors to their community.  Nestled between two mountains with fabulous views across the very wide Mississippi River Valley, they have a five block downtown full of handsome brick and local limestone buildings primarily from...

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