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 […]
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 […]
Destination Development expert, Roger Brooks, gives a 30-second tour of a recent urban revitalization project in Rapid City.
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 […]