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Main Streets are Obsolete

Main Streets are Obsolete

Over at the blog for the Natural Resources Defense Council, Kaid Benfield asserts that we may have a sentimental attachment to an urban form that doesn’t work any more:  traditional main streets.  This is a rather contrarian approach from someone from a “tree hugging” organization: The places in America that still have successful Main Streets […]

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Eyes on the Street:  Did Jane Jacobs get it wrong?

Eyes on the Street: Did Jane Jacobs get it wrong?

In her book the Life and Death of Great American Cities, urbanist Jane Jacobs asserted (based on the sketchiest of anecdotal evidence from her Greenwich Village neighborhood) that introducing commercial uses into a neighborhood brings life and activity to the area.  This in turn means more people are observing events, and these added “eyes on […]

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Arts-led Development Can be Effective

Arts-led Development Can be Effective

About six years ago, we worked with the Shepstone Management Company on a downtown development strategy for Oil City, PA.  One element of the strategy was to institute an artist recruitment to bring artists to live and work in the city.  A recent article in the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce’s Catalyst magazine by Joann Wheeler, […]

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Are We Due for Another Round of Abandoned Inner Cities as the Millennials Hit 30?

Are We Due for Another Round of Abandoned Inner Cities as the Millennials Hit 30?

That’s the implication of a piece by Haya El Nasser carried by the Gannett New Service: The older they get, the less likely people are to live in cities, according to recent Census data. The peak age for urban living is 25 to 27, when 20% of that age group are nestled in urban centers. […]

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Experience-based Retail:  It’s Everywhere

Experience-based Retail: It’s Everywhere

We are big believers in the importance of “experience-based” retail in age of on-line shopping.  Downtowns can’t just sell goods and services anymore.  In order to attract shoppers, they have to provide a compelling experience that will draw consumers into the retail area.  As if to prove the point, Syracuse’s Destiny USA is completing its […]

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Fairweather Consulting & “Successful Main Streets”

Fairweather Consulting & “Successful Main Streets”

Tonight we are presenting our work on creating main street strategies for the hamlets of Phoenicia, Pine Hill and Shokan in the Catskills Mountains of New York. The Watershed Post has the story: The Ulster County Planning Department will be sharing the results of their work to create a “Main Street Strategic Toolbox” for the […]

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