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Downtown Planning for Smaller and Midsized Communities

By Philip L. Walker

Practical tips for preserving a sense of place, improving fiscal efficiency, and enhancing quality of life in smaller and midsized downtowns.

Published by APA Planners Press, 2009

Format: Paperback, 256 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-932364-67-5

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"For so long we were floundering and taking ad hoc measures, but the minute I understood what a downtown plan really was I said 'We need one of those!' As it turned out, it was the most fantastic vehicle I've ever seen," said Susan Moffat-Thomas of New Bern, North Carolina. Her hometown got a much-needed shot in the arm from a good downtown plan. Does yours need a similar boost?

Philip L. Walker, an experienced downtown-planning consultant, offers practical tips for preserving a sense of place, improving fiscal efficiency, and enhancing quality of life in Downtown Planning for Smaller and Midsized Communities.

Planners and revitalization officials will learn how to address physical components of the downtown, as well as economic development. Walker, an experienced downtown-planning consultant, also explains how to develop an organization to implement a downtown plan; how federal, state, and local policies may influence the planning process; and how to fund a downtown revitalization effort.

About the Author

Philip L. WalkerPhilip L. Walker, AICP, is the principal of the Walker Collaborative, which is involved in downtown planning and neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, and community visioning. Prior to that, he was the director of planning for the Nashville office of Looney Ricks Kiss Architects. Previos positions include principal of Community Planning & Research, Inc. in Nashville; senior associate at Christopher Chadbourne & Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the director of city planning for the city of Natchez, Mississippi; associate at Hintz/Nelessen Associates in Princeton, New Jersey; and executive director of the Downtown Improvement Board in Pensacola, Florida.

Walker earned a Master of Design Studies (Real Estate Development) degree from Harvard University, a Master of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University.

Walker is affiliated with several planning and preservation groups. Among these are APA, the American Institute of Certified Planners, The Urban Conservancy, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and National Main Street Center.

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