Downtown Planning for Smaller & Midsize Communities

APA Kentucky Chapter


Friday, May 19, 2017
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. CDT

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Based on his 2009 APA Planner's Press book with the same title as this session, planning consultant Phil Walker will touch on key issues and strategies for downtown planning intended to result in physical and economic revitalization.  The presentation, adapted and updated from his same presentation given at the 2010 National APA conference, will be based heavily on specific examples of communities from across the country, particularly the South.

This session will explain the following issues:

1) How to successfully sell the value of downtown and need for a master plan.

2) The methodology for preparing a downtown plan, including public engagement.

3) Key strategies to include in plans for revitalization based on the National Main Street Center's "Four Point" Strategy of organization, design, economic restructuring and promotion.

4) How to successfully implement a downtown master plan.


Phil Walker

Invited Speaker

A native of Louisville, KY, Phil Walker is the Principal of The Walker Collaborative, an urban planning consulting firm based in Nashville, TN. He has over thirty years of experience in planning and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1989. His public sector experience ... Read More

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