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Heated streets and sidewalks are a smart idea for winter downtowns

Any four-season downtown undertaking a street/sidewalk construction project should seriously consider investing in heated streets and sidewalks.  It’s not just the savings on snow plowing and the cracks and damage that come with plowing, salt, and the freeze-thaw cycle… it makes the downtown more inviting for pedestrian and vehicles. A few towns in Michigan have […]

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Want to know if your destination thriving or declining? Just look at the locals (that’s what Airlines do)

Smart destination development is not just about bringing in the tourists. It’s about improving the destination for the locals as well.  If the development is cool enough to attract locals to spend time and shop there, it’s going to attract visitors. As Roger Brooks puts it: “The tourists follow the lead of the locals.”  If […]

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Forget Star Wars. This is another kind of Skywalker tourism… and it’s getting the media and social media excited about nature again

Back in the day, if you wanted people to enjoy the mountains and nature,  it was enough to create a national park with some hiking trails. Then people wanted a visitor’s center and some roads to tour the area. Then it was ski resorts and helicopter tours. Now “skywalks” are all the rave. It started with […]

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How do you repurpose an old school into an awesome community asset and local attraction? Check out Ivywild

The Ivywild elementary school in Colorado Springs, Colorado was built in 1916 and, when it closed in 2009, the neighborhood was fairly downtrodden. Then the magic happened.  Thanks to the visionaries: Joe Coleman and Mike Bristol (and architect Jim Fennell). Three years of construction and about $5 million later, it has now reopened as a multi-use facility […]

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