The Commissioner — Spring 2013

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Downtown Redevelopment and Revitalization

Find out more with these resources.

Downtowns are critical to the well-being of the community. Here are resources to assist you as you plan for your downtown.

APA Publications

"Are Schools and Family the Keys to Revitalization?"
Gary G. Hamer
Practicing Planner, September 2011

"The Relaxed Zoning Overlay: A Tool for Addressing the Property Vacancy Cycle"
Stephen Pantalone and Justin B. Hollander
Zoning Practice, September 2011

"Top Ten Myths of Downtown Planning"
Philip L. Walker
Planning, June 2009


Downtown Planning for Smaller and Midsized Communities
Philip L. Walker
APA Planners Press, 2009

Planning and Zoning for Downtown Redevelopment
PAS Essential Info Packet EIP-26
APA Planning Advisory Service, 2010

Placemaking on a Budget: Improving Small Towns, Neighborhoods, and Downtowns Without Spending a Lot of Money
Al Zelinka and Susan Jackson Harden
PAS Report 536

Streaming Education

Redevelopment and Revitalization for a New Era
American Planning Association, 2010

Web Resources

Downtown and Business District Market Analysis: Tools to Create Economically Vibrant Commercial Districts in Small Cities

Downtown Research and Development Center

Downtown Revitalization
USDA Rural Information Center, National Agricultural Library

National Trust for Historic Preservation—Main Street Program

Project for Public Spaces—Downtowns