Build on Your Community's Unique Strengths


Build on Your Community's Unique Strengths

Leverage existing assets to attract and retain residents, consumers, and talent
Legacy cities can leverage their unique strengths to draw people to live, work, and play. From attractive buildings and natural resources to specialized industrial knowledge and low-cost developable land, each legacy city’s unique mix of assets can serve as the base for revitalization strategies, policies, and programs.

Complete Streets Toolkit

Creating an official complete streets policy is a key step to ensuring that investments in transportation infrastructure generate the greatest public benefit. Produced by the Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition, this toolkit helps communities create policies that result in streets designed for pedestrians, bicycles, and public transit, as well as cars and trucks.

Walkability Checklist

A walkable neighborhood contributes to safe and pleasant pedestrian experiences. Produced by the Partnership for Walkable America, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Walkability Checklist helps users evaluate the walkability of their neighborhoods.

Welcoming Economies Toolkit

Produced by the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network and tailored to conditions in legacy cities, this online toolkit includes sample policies, strategies, and programs to unlock the potential of and opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and American-born community members.

Initiative Profiles

Initiative Profiles

Pittsburgh, PA

Establishing and maintaining affordable manufacturing space for growing small business in one of Pittsburgh’s most distressed communities

St. Louis, MO

Measuring racial disparities across 72 indicators to inform data-driven policy making in the City of St. Louis

Akron, OH

Promoting economic and urban development in neighborhood business districts through comprehensive corridor planning, incentive programs, and public management reforms

Yonkers, NY

A program that offers paid summer employment and training in environmental conservation to local young residents—primarily low-income youth of color

Cleveland, OH

A technical assistance and low-interest financing program that helps homeowners improve and maintain the physical and economic value of older homes

Rochester, NY

Promotional and branding program to strengthen the housing market in the Triangle neighborhood of North Winton Village, a target middle neighborhood in Rochester

Philadelphia, PA

Pairing basic landscaping and site improvements with maintenance services for the creation of public open spaces on otherwise vacant lots

Lawrence, MA

Supporting emerging food service businesses with yearlong business support services and a prominent downtown food service storefront

Rochester, NY

Supporting long-term residency by providing free architectural designs for owner-occupants seeking to add a half-bathroom to the ground floor of single-bathroom homes


Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities

Alan Mallach and Lavea Brachman, 2013
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Revitalizing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities: Strategies for Postindustrial Success from Gary to Lowell

Torey Hollingsworth and Alison Goebel, 2017
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American Planning Association, 2018
Toni Griffin et al., 2015

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