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- Ten cardinal rules for downtown chief executives, Part one
- How colorless urban districts are being revived by imaginative citizens
- Citing the benefits of historic preservation may win over the opposition
- Its time to rightsize old streets to better meet the needs of new users
- Want families downtown? Design for them!
- Thoughts on essentials for successful downtowns
- Seven things a community must do to become a festival city
- Dogs and kids, important to downtown?
- Existing businesses weigh in on incubator services and tenants
- The smart math of mixed-use development
- Neighborhood lighting boosts downtowns image
- Rather than compete, concurrent events can benefit each other
- Parking costs are more than an economic issue
- Todays essentials for downtown success, part two
- Todays essentials for downtown success, part one
- Fostering entrepreneurialism: Making economic gardening work downtown
- Are you ready? Preparing for disaster
- Urban salvage: Repurposing alleys as public spaces
- The growing importance of multichannel retailing
- Measuring success: from inputs to impacts
- Careful planning required for growing nighttime economy
- Capital Thinking: Creative strategies to support at-risk businesses
- Focusing economic development efforts on retaining and creating jobs
- Smaller Business Districts and BIDs — a dilemma
- Got nightlife? Manage sociability as an economic engine
- Partnerships and place management
- Parking facility management and the social economy
- Revising downtown efforts for the post-recession economy
- Arts development a wise investment
- Parking pains: Managing visitors first and last experience downtown
- Lessons from the California redevelopment crisis
- Niche strategies give downtowns a competitive edge
- Downtown organizations and Chambers of Commerce: We like each other, but should we get married?
- The Rain of Pain: Vacant and abandoned commercial properties in your downtown
- A new four-point strategy for downtown renewal
- Creating downtown destinations: From daylighting to fine dining
- Revitalizing Americas downtowns in the 21st Century
- How deep will municipal services be cut? How can downtowns be spared?
- Challenged like no time before, downtowns innovate with community development models
- Small downtown-affordable solutions to an expensive problem, the fear of crime
- As we leave the recession, affordable downtown retail rents are a revitalization imperative
- Downtown managers must quickly master the art of consensus building
- Consumer trends signal opportunities for downtown retail
- The six core elements of safe and vibrant hospitality zones
- While challenges remain in 2010, there are also some very encouraging trends