After decades of market preference for suburban development, Main Street and downtowns are hot again! Back in the market, they are once again desirable targets for investment, business startups, expansion, the creative economy, housing, and tourism. So, how do we sustain that momentum, take advantage of the attention, and keep the revitalization progress moving forward? Our fellow downtown advocates @StrongTowns say communities must keep taking it to the next level without hesitation.
“I like to think of the early, “fun” stages of [revitalization] as the booster rockets on the old space shuttles…they’re necessary to get the things that really matter off the ground and into the atmosphere. After they do their job, it’s all about making sure you blend that momentum with careful, strategic planning and experience to complete the mission.”
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