Making Business Districts Work: Leadership and Management of Downtown, Main Street, Business District, and Community Development Organizations

Making Business Districts Work: Leadership and Management of Downtown, Main Street, Business District, and Community Development Organizations

by Marvin D Feit, David Feehan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0789023903

ISBN-13: 9780789023902

Pub. Date: 07/28/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Unprecedented, broad coverage of downtown and community development topics from a practitioner’s viewpoint!

Making Business Districts Work: Leadership and Management of Downtown, Main Street, Business District, and Community Development Organizations is the essential desk reference for downtown and community business district professionals and board

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Unprecedented, broad coverage of downtown and community development topics from a practitioner’s viewpoint!

Making Business Districts Work: Leadership and Management of Downtown, Main Street, Business District, and Community Development Organizations is the essential desk reference for downtown and community business district professionals and board members. It’s also a complete survey of all the skills and information students will need as they emerge from school and begin work in this challenging profession. The book covers nearly all aspects of leading and managing downtown and community development organizations, from planning and implementing programs and policies, to evaluating successes and failures. Charts, tables, photographs, chapter analyses, and Web resources make this vital text even more essential.

An unprecedented diversity of perspectives makes this book unique, with contributions from the United States, Canada, and Portugal, and from small, medium, and large cities. Case studies provide a sharp focus on events that have something to teach every student and professional in the field. These include a look at how Lower Manhattan dealt with the crisis during and after September 11, 2001, how Los Angeles deals with an overwhelming homelessness crisis, and the 20-year planning and development of a major revitalization project in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In addition, Making Business Districts Work covers:

  • downtown/business district management—an essential state-of-the-art overview plus examinations of developing leadership roles, vision-driven organizations, and the leadership versus management debate
  • organization—structures, governance, human resources, staffing structure, finance, and fundraising
  • operations—strategic planning, diversity, and advocacy
  • marketing and communicating—with downtown, shopping, and electronic applications
  • management of a downtown district—safety and cleanliness, urban design, hospitality, transportation, parking, social atmosphere, and hiring consultants
  • development secrets for downtown districts—economic and residential development, attracting the right retailers and a solid retail base, regional attractions, and political considerations
  • international perspectives from Canada and Portugal
  • a look at how the field has evolved—and where it is likely to go in the near future
Making Business Districts Work presents step-by-step instructions for performing a host of essential tasks in the business district revitalization field, but more than that, it clearly shows how America’s most experienced and successful downtown executives handle these responsibilities. Whether you are involved in practice or academia in urban planning, public administration, social work, architecture, international studies, public policy, political science, or business administration, Making Business Districts Work provides tools, skills, and insights to help you—or your students—succeed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789023902
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
Haworth Health and Social Policy Series
Pages:
466
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IThe field of downtown and business district management5
Ch. 1The state of business district revitalization7
Ch. 2Leading the downtown11
Ch. 3The new role of downtown leaders15
Ch. 4The vision-driven downtown organization23
Pt. IIOrganizing the downtown corporation33
Ch. 5Complex organizational structures35
Ch. 6Boards and committees - governance45
Ch. 7Making the most of human resources57
Ch. 8Financial management - keeping the numbers straight65
Ch. 9Staffing structure and compensation management75
Ch. 10Resource raising as a downtown management and revitalization strategy81
Pt. IIIOperating in a complex environment93
Ch. 11Strategic planning - charting the course95
Ch. 12Diversity : incorporating and benefiting from differences109
Ch. 13Attracting and keeping members115
Ch. 14The advocacy role of a downtown organization123
Pt. IVMarketing and communicating127
Ch. 15Creating the downtown experience : the new fundamentals for downtown programming129
Ch. 16Marketing the shopping experience139
Ch. 17Electronic marketing151
Pt. VManaging downtown's many elements161
Ch. 18Clean and safe - basic requirements163
Ch. 19The public realm and urban design171
Ch. 20Managing hospitality179
Ch. 21Transportation management and downtown revitalization193
Ch. 22Parking : finding solutions207
Ch. 23"Best in class" parking operations215
Ch. 24Managing downtown's social behavior245
Ch. 25Getting the right consultant for the right job261
Pt. VIDiscovering downtown's development secrets267
Ch. 26Economic development for BIDS269
Ch. 27Residential development : creating a living downtown283
Ch. 28Retail revitalization and recruitment293
Ch. 29A guide to developing a retail base311
Ch. 30"One-of-a-kind" regional attractions321
Ch. 31Managing the politics of downtown redevelopment projects325
Pt. VIIInternational perspectives331
Ch. 32Canada as an urban country333
Ch. 33Case studies from around the world345
Ch. 34Commercial urbanism in Portugal : evolution and future perspectives357
Pt. VIIICase studies371
Ch. 35The Kalamazoo prism : downtown Michigan metamorphosis373
Ch. 36Incredible crisis and downtown response : alliance for downtown New York391
Ch. 37The homeless situation in Los Angeles and the BID response403
Pt. IXReevaluating the past and anticipating future adventures411
Ch. 38Looking backward, looking forward : the future of downtowns and business districts413

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