5 Downtown Revitalization notes

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Downtown Revitalization Death of an American City Manufacturing leaves Workers / residents leave the city Services begin to decline New home construction and highway building promote white flight- more residents leave Tax base further erodes- services decline Unemployment, poverty, decay, crime all increase
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Group ranks most dangerous U.S. cities (Nov. 2005) Listed as the most dangerous cities are: Camden, New Jersey; Detroit, Michigan ; St. Louis, Missouri; Flint, Michigan ; Richmond, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans, Louisiana; Gary, Indiana; Birmingham, Alabama. At the other end of the scale, the safest are named as: Newton, Massachusetts; Clarkstown, New York; Amherst, New York; Mission Viejo, California; Brick Township, New Jersey; Troy, Michigan ; Thousand Oaks, California; Round Rock, Texas; Lake Forest, California; Cary, North Carolina.
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Signs of a depressed downtown Lack of foot traffic on streets / customers Poor building maintenance / signage High % of store vacancies or turnover Limited store hours Lack of social activities / nightlife Lack of transportation alternatives poor traffic flow and parking accessibility Too many service businesses – no good mix of retail No green spaces
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DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION Should downtowns be saved? Downtowns have existing infrastructure that would be wasteful to discard Downtowns are a center of the “community” Provide most employment, new jobs and new business opportunities “incubator” Possess historic character that enhances the local economy and community pride!
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STRATEGIES Financial Strategies Physical Improvements Strategies Functional Strategies
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