Cities and developers around the country are realizing the long-term benefits of mixed-use neighborhoods that combine housing, employment, retail, cultural and recreational activities in a walkable environment that is well-served by transit.
The liveliest town centers are no accident. They are a reflection of a community's history and intentions and require public and private vision, leadership and investment. While many strip malls stagnate over time, mixed-use centers can maintain consistently high values, create a sense of community and attract new business. Despite the long-term benefits of compact urban places, development of higher-density centers often has higher initial costs than traditional suburban development, and therefore requires sustained collaboration between the public and private sectors. Creative solutions are needed to help cities work with developers and lenders to streamline the permitting and approvals process, invest in critical infrastructure, reduce risk, and help offset added costs.
Discover how communities are working to revitalize historic downtowns and main streets and build vibrant, walkable commercial areas that support economic prosperity. More
Learn what makes a neighborhood or main street pedestrian-friendly and how it enhances livability. More
Learn more about the region’s 38 distinct regional and town centers and the important roles they play in enhancing the region’s quality of life. More