Tag: Downtown

One-Way or the Other? Two-Way Traffic Conversion Requires Study

By Alexander Cowan, PE A drive through the downtown area of many American cities includes time spent on one-way streets. Cities have used short segments of one-way traffic for hundreds of years to try to improve traffic flow and move higher volumes of traffic along downtown arterials. However, in recent years many communities have begun… Read More »

Are Main Streets Making a Natural Comeback?

By Bruce Morrow, PLA, LEED AP In 2017 more brick-and-mortar store closings were announced than in any other year on record, driven in large part by online shopping. Yet plenty of consumers want a different experience – and planners are helping to provide that. Planners are designing downtowns that attract more people for shopping, business,… Read More »

Downtown Planning Reinvigorates Urban Cores

By Matt Ashby In the era of strip malls, big box retailers, and suburbia, countless communities across the country are struggling to keep their downtowns thriving. As stores and restaurants locate around many city and town perimeters, the communities’ urban cores are being neglected. However, thanks to the efforts of a nationwide Main Street Movement,… Read More »