Focus Regional Efforts on a Strong Urban Core


Focus Regional Efforts on a Strong Urban Core

Concentrate investments in the urban core to build a sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous community for all
Strong, vibrant downtowns are critical assets for the entire regional economy. Many small and midsize legacy cities have historic downtowns as well as industrial districts, neighborhoods, and commercial corridors. Because the fates of central cities and their regions are so closely intertwined, regional revitalization efforts should focus on downtown redevelopment and the strengthening of central city neighborhoods.

Community Reuse Property Prioritization Tool

Developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Land Revitalization Program, this tool helps communities better understand property characteristics, ownership, environmental conditions, and cleanup requirements to facilitate more informed decision making about where to direct resources for reuse.

The Guidebook for Redeveloping Commercial Vacant Properties

The Greater Ohio Policy Center and German Marshall Fund of the United States created a guidebook that provides practitioners with practical knowledge on how to analyze markets, leverage legal tools to reclaim commercial properties, and find funding sources to overcome financial gaps.

Initiative Profiles

Initiative Profiles

Buffalo, NY

Elimination of off-street parking minimums to promote citywide development, density, and the use of alternative transportation modes

Lawrence, MA

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


Downtown Revitalization in Small and Midsized Cities

American Planning Association, 2018
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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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Preservation Rightsizing Network et al., 2015
The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Liveable Communities, et al., 2018
Phillipp Oswalt (Ed.), 2006
Congress for New Urbanism, 2015
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, 2008
Pete Saunders, 2018–live
Erika C. Poethig et al., 2018
Center for Community Progress, 2018
The Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, 2015
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2018–live
Margaret Dewar and June Manning Thomas (Eds.), 2012
Emily Garr Pacetti, 2015
National Association of City Transportation Officials, 2013
Aaron Renn, 2018–live
White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, 2017
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, live

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