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12 Strategies for Revitalizing Downtowns

Even cities without an official program for revitalizing their downtowns can take steps to transform their urban cores into a collection of vibrant places. The urbanSCALE website has collected a list of such strategies.
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John Karras shares strategies for transforming your downtown into “a thriving urban district,” even if your city lacks a long-range plan for its downtown or a downtown-focused organization.

The list varies from structural changes, like street reconfiguration (“Turn one-way streets into two-way streets”), interim steps (“Establish a regularly occurring public event”), and management (“Consolidate regional economic development partner organizations into a single downtown location”).

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