Bringing Back Main Street: A Guide to Downtown Revitalization for Local Governments
For generations, small towns have served as cultural and economic centers for surrounding rural areas. Their physical and social fabric reflect the community’s unique history and identity. Changing economic conditions and demographics create challenges for rural downtowns. Despite these challenges, some communities remain vibrant places, attractive to residents and visitors alike, by leveraging their physical, cultural and economic assets and investing in a community-based vision, attractive streets, a variety of uses, and effective marketing.
This guide published by the Houston-Galveston Area Council offers fundamentals of downtown revitalization and introduces best practices from small cities and towns.