Downtown Matters -- A New Column in the Planning Commissioners Journal

Downtown Matters -- A New Column in the Planning Commissioners Journal

Planning Commissioners Journal

Kennedy Lawson Smith, long-time Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's National Main Street Center and frequent speaker on downtown issues, has joined the Planning Commissioners Journal (PCJ) as a regular columnist.

According to Wayne Senville, Editor of the PCJ, "We're excited that Kennedy will be writing for the Planning Commissioners Journal. She brings not just an outstanding breadth of knowledge on downtown issues, but a lively and easy-to-understand writing style."

Kennedy Smith will be covering a broad range of planning-related issues facing downtowns, ranging from parking and pedestrian issues to strategies for ensuring that downtowns play a key role in regional economies. Her first column -- appearing in the Winter 2005 issue of the PCJ -- makes the case for why having a strong downtown is vitally important to communities. It can be ordered & downloaded by going to:

The Planning Commissioners Journal's "PlannersWeb" site offers more than 250 articles available to immediately download at a low per-article fee. You'll find a summary of each article and extended excerpts to help you decide if you'd like to order the article. You can also download our complete subject index (1991-2004) at no charge by going to:

Articles published in the Planning Commissioners Journal are written for citizens, planning board members, and community leaders interested in planning and land use issues -- including downtown concerns.

Here's a sampling of articles on downtown issues available from our PlannersWeb site:

-- Public Buildings Keep Town Centers Alive -

-- An Introduction to Design Guidelines -

-- An Introduction to Historic Preservation Planning -

-- Downtowns Grow One Step at a Time -

-- Gateways: Creating Civic Identity -

-- Farmers' Markets -

-- New Development, Traditional Patterns (on the new urbanism) -

-- Design Matters -

Among other topics covered in the PCJ:

Zoning: more than two dozen articles on a wide range of zoning topics. For details:

Comprehensive Planning: articles focusing on long-range planning:

Sprawl & Growth: more than a dozen articles:

Related Link: PlannersWeb

For more information contact:

Wayne Senville
Planning Commissioners Journal
P.O. Box 4295
VT 05406

Phone: 802-864-9083
Email: [email protected]

Posted February 8, 2005

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