Tracy Moss brings us this story from Danville, IL. The city is organizing a steering committee of neighborhood residents and business to decide what to do with the future of the downtown. Part of the motivation for these steps is the end of the city’s Renaissance program, which worked to purchase, restore, and sell older houses in the downtown area. Because of funding concerns, the city had to dissolve the program, but they hope to assume some of the responsibility of residential redevelopment, as well as branch out to other forms of development. Their goals include “diversity in housing types, sizes and prices, diversity in residents, shops and activities with destinations within walking distance.” One of their first goals will be to improve the neighborhood sidewalks in an effort to encourage walking. I’m glad to see this sort of community involvement in an effort to improve an older small town center.
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