Vibrant Streets Toolkit

The Vibrant Streets Toolkit can be used by retailers, businesses, merchants’ associations, government agencies, neighborhoods, and community groups to make incremental, measured improvements in their commercial districts to attract shops and restaurants. Getting started is easy. Make a Vibrant Street happen in your neighborhood!


Street Beat

Charleston: Retailers United

July 17, 2015

One month ago, America was shaken and glued to television screens as it witnessed a frightening, unbearable massacre. The shootings that took place in Charleston on June 17 were disheartening, discouraging, and left community leaders and residents throughout the country wondering how a schism this wide could have grown on our grounds. Hate and prejudice now seemed rampant and unstoppable. Charleston, and many other communities, were sagging under the burden of questioning. “Does our city have a problem with racial injustice? Do we treat people equally?” These were just some of the questions I found myself asking.

16th Street Mall

June 26, 2015

The 16th Street Mall is a pedestrian and transit mall in Denver, Colorado. Over a mile long, the mall runs along 16th Street and is home to over 300 locally-owned/chain stores, over 50 restaurants, and the Denver Pavilions, a shopping and dining destination with a movie theater.

pop-ups to placemaking: how temporary efforts can have lasting effects

June 19, 2015

Tactical urbanism. Placemaking. Pop-ups. These buzzwords have been floating through the urban planning and city development community for years, but are experiencing their time in the limelight as cities prioritize revitalization efforts. But what do they really mean, and what kind of effect can they have on lasting innovation and change in a community?

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