CAN SMALL-CITY DOWNTOWNS REMAIN VIABLE? A NATIONAL STUDY OF DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AND STRATEGIES

Based on a national survey of 57 small American cities and case studies of Auburn, New York; Bangor, Maine; Carson City, Nevada; Texarkana, Texas/Arkansas; and Wausau, Wisconsin, this article explores the key problems confronting small-city downtowns and the revitalization strategies employed to try to overcome them. Significant differences between downtown development in small and large cities are presented throughout the article, as well as the importance of a sense of place. Transportation-related strategies such as parking facilities, traffic circulation changes, transit improvements, and pedestrian malls did not rank very high compared with other revitalization strategies, hovering between the middle and bottom of downtown strategies in terms of use, success, and plans for future use. Transportation was viewed as a complementary strategy that augments the more high-profile strategies associated with preservation, new development, or a new downtown function.

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    American Planning Association

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  • Authors:
    • ROBERTSON, K A
  • Publication Date: 1999

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00779639
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 10 1999 12:00AM