Community Renewal Through Municipal Investment: A Handbook for Citizens and Public Officials

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Local officials are making investment decisions to enhance the quality of life in their communities and to improve economic development conditions. These new programs are not municipal give-aways, or, as some call them, corporate welfare programs, but efforts to invest wisely in downtown areas and neighborhoods with the goal of revitalizing them, with the hope that business and commerce will follow.

This work presents case studies from Atlanta, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Berkeley, Boulder, Cambridge, Charleston, Chattanooga, Chesterfield County, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, DuPont, Grand Forks, Hampton, Hartford, Hayward, Houston, Kansas City, Lake Worth, Little Rock, Madison, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Bedford, Newark, Oakland, Orlando, Petuluma, Portland, Saint Paul, Santa Monica, Seattle, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. The case study topics include streetscapes, public plazas, museums, libraries, cultural parks, walkways and greenways, major infrastructure improvements, transit and transportation enhancements and other works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786431564
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,072,297
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger L. Kemp, Ph.D., has been a city manager on both the East and West coasts for more than 25 years and holds International City/County Management Association credentials. A graduate of a Harvard senior government executives program, he has taught at the University of California, Rutgers University, the University of New Haven and the University of Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 Municipal Self-Investment for Community Renewal 3
2 Atlanta Builds Inner-City Parks to Revitalize Downtown 16
3 Atlanta Stabilizes Inner-City Neighborhoods with New Public Housing 20
4 Baltimore Uses Linear Trails to Link Neighborhoods to Harbor District 26
5 Baton Rouge Uses Master Plan to Revitalize Historic Downtown 34
6 Berkeley Revives Its Old Downtown through Creation of an Arts District 39
7 Boulder Redesigns Residential Streets to Restore Quality of Life to Its Neighborhoods 43
8 Cambridge Designs Civic Spaces to Improve Living for Downtown Residents 49
9 Charleston Builds New Public Library to Stimulate Community Development 54
10 Chattanooga Creates Town Center Out of Aging Inner-City Mall 58
11 Chesterfield County Protects Nature to Foster Quality Residential Areas 64
12 Chicago Uses Civic Leaders to Plan for the Future of Their Downtown 67
13 Cleveland Uses Private Planning Group to Improve Its Downtown and Lakefront Areas 73
14 Denver Uses Transit System to Enhance Downtown Access for Both Residents and Tourists 78
15 Denver Metro Area Voters Raise Revenues for Scientific and Cultural Facilities 82
16 DuPont Uses "New Urbanism" Concepts to Plan for Downtown Civic Center 89
17 Grand Forks Rebuilds Its Old Downtown Creating Open Spaces and Walkways 94
18 Hampton Approves New Type of Business Improvement District 99
19 Hartford Revives Riverfront to Stimulate Inner-City Tourism 103
20 Hayward Uses Transit Villages to Stimulate Downtown Redevelopment 109
21 Houston Makes Public Improvements to Entice Private Development 113
22 Kansas City Renovates Old Train Station to Jump-Start Downtown Renewal 120
23 Lake Worth Restores Shoreline Property to Revive Beachfront Commercial Area 123
24 Little Rock Makes Improvements to Redevelop Its Downtown Riverfront Area 128
25 Madison Integrates Land-Use and Transportation Planning to Curb Spawl 132
26 Minneapolis Revises Zoning Code to Allow More Flexible Development 137
27 Nashville Invests in Riverfront to Stimulate Downtown Redevelopment 143
28 New Bedford Uses Old Street Patterns to Revitalize Aging Waterfront District 148
29 Newark's Performing Arts Center Creates Rebirth of Downtown 154
30 Oakland Uses Transit Improvements to Revive Inner-City Neighborhood 161
31 Orlando Uses Free Rapid Transit to Improve Downtown Transportation 165
32 Petaluma Provides Transit Options to Revive Downtown River Area 169
33 Portland Guides Urban Growth Through Public Transportation 172
34 Saint Paul Uses "New Urbanism" to Revitalize Downtown Riverfront Area 178
35 Santa Monica Uses Promenade and Public Transit to Revitalize Old Main Street 184
36 Seattle Uses Branch Library as a Tool for Community Renewal 187
37 Toronto Updates Zoning Code Favoring Mixed-Use Development to Revive Old Waterfront Area 192
38 Washington, D.C., Stimulates Development by Linking Suburbs to the Inner-City Using Public Transit 198
39 Washington, D.C., Promotes Development Near Transit Stations to Spur Neighborhood Renewal 203
40 The Future of Municipal Self-Investment 208
Regional Resource Directory 217
National Resource Directory 223
Bibliography 227
About the Contributors 237
Index 239
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