Placemaking Main Street into a Destination Downtown
As many of our readers know, the decline of Main Streets is not just an urban or suburban phenomenon, but one that confronts rural communities across America as well. In this blog, Gary Toth and Fred Kent from Project for Public Spaces describe how Placemaking provides a powerful set of tools and strategies for improving Main Streets. 
 

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  • Narrow cross section and parking make it difficult to drive faster than 15 mph on this Lambertville, New Jersey, Main Street. | Image by Gary Toth

    Placemaking Main Street into a Destination Downtown

    January 6, 2015
    As many of our readers know, the decline of Main Streets is not just an urban or suburban phenomenon, but one that confronts rural communities across America as well. In this blog, Gary Toth and Fred Kent from Project for Public Spaces describe how Placemaking provides a powerful set of tools and strategies for improving Main Streets.
  • Golden, Colorado’s small businesses benefit from having shoppers on their feet, walking down consistently active and pedestrian friendly streets.

    Walkability, Quality Public Spaces Can Be Created in Communities of Any Size

    December 8, 2014
    Communities of any size can create celebrated public spaces. I know it’s true because I’ve seen it first hand – this month I had the pleasure of participating in the recent Smart Growth Tour put on by the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. During this tour, I got to explore some of Colorado’s Front Range communities that have made major investments to become more walkable and livable.
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