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We're too early into our process to predict its degree of success long-term, but I'm encouraged with what I've seen so far. Ultimately it takes leadership and broad-based support, because it truly is a grass-roots, volunteer-driven community effort. You need local government, business, property owner, citizen and media support, to name a few. But as I said before, it will take time & patience and strong leadership. You must be willing to celebrate the small successes and understand that transformation will not take place overnight.
One last thought about downtowns: Among other things, a classic & authentic downtown is part commercial district, part park and part living history museum. First and foremost, it is a commercial district. Focus on the other two and forget that it must be a vital business and all you have is a nice place to visit, but no real economic development. Focus on just the history part and you just have a museum. Focus just on the commercial part and all you have is another run-of-the-mill commercial strip. What makes downtowns special is the combination of all three - it becomes the economic, cultural and social center of the community - it's heart and soul.
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