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Building Local Strength: Emerging Strategies for Inclusive Development

Produced by the Congress for the New Urbanism, this is a practical document for local governments, practitioners, and community leaders who want to understand what they might do to promote inclusive development. 

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Creative Ideas for Vacant Downtown Buildings

This report from the University of Wisconsin provides a sample of how downtown buildings in small towns can be put to productive use in generating activity and community pride. It is intended to stimulate new ideas for reusing buildings for retail, food and beverage, services, and community spaces.

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Setting up a Business Improvement District

Downtown is often the heart of a community. A study conducted by the University of Waterloo recommended that revitalization strategies should concentrate on niche markets as well as retention and expansion of physical characteristics that distinguish downtown from other environments in the community.


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