Downtown Planning for Smaller and Midsized Communities

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-01
  • Publisher: Routledge
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A good plan will help revitalize a struggling downtown or sustain a successful one. But what constitutes good downtown planning? Through a series of interviews with planners, officials, and citizens Philip L. Walker offers practical tips for preserving a sense of place, improving fiscal efficiency, and enhancing quality of life.

Author Biography

Philip L. Walker, AICP, is the principal of the Walker Collaborative, which is involved in downtown and neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, and community visioning.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. v
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
The Groundwork Before Planningp. 1
What Prompts a Plan?p. 2
Keeping Planning in Perspectivep. 7
Selling the Need for a Planp. 7
The Process of Preparing a Downtown Planp. 13
Diagnostic Phase: Research and Analysisp. 14
The Big Ideas: Creating the Concept Planp. 20
Rolling Up Your Sleeves: Draft Plan Preparationp. 26
Finalizing the Planp. 33
What Happens After the Planning?p. 35
The Physical Planp. 39
Land Uses: Mix Them Upp. 44
Blocks, Lots, Streets, and Alleysp. 55
Making Your Downtown Pedestrian Friendlyp. 66
Parkingp. 76
Loading Areasp. 84
Transportation Alternativesp. 85
Buildingsp. 90
Signagep. 103
Public Spaces, Art, and Interpretationp. 104
Infrastructure and Utilitiesp. 113
Harnessing Mother Naturep. 118
Summaryp. 122
The Economic and Marketing Planp. 123
Understanding the Marketp. 125
Identity Developmentp. 132
Centralized Retail Managementp. 135
Business Developmentp. 141
Marketing and Promotionp. 149
Social Issuesp. 164
Implementation Strategyp. 171
Organizational Structurep. 171
Public Policyp. 178
Funding and Financingp. 192
Priorities, Assignments, and Phasingp. 200
Conclusion: What Is Really Important?p. 205
Referencesp. 215
Indexp. 219
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