Definitions: Downtown Development

Downtown Development – Downtown development is the promotion of development, redevelopment, and revitalization of the central business districts and adjacent areas in a city. Commercial and residential growth in the suburbs has contributed to the decline of downtown. Downtowns traditionally are the centers of both business and culture. Developing downtowns, therefore, involves a range of activities, including marketing for both business and tourist attraction, building or improving infrastructure, clean-up initiatives, property redevelopment and reuse, and retention programs. The purpose of these initiatives is to create an attractive environment to increase the number and variety of businesses downtown and bring in shoppers and tourists.

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