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Downtown Revitalization

Downtown Revitalization


Downtown revitalization is a conscious effort by local government officials and others to sustain and revitalize the central business district. Some examples of downtown revitalization efforts are:

  • streetscape improvements;
  • business development;
  • special events coordination;
  • historic preservation;
  • marketing and promotion;
  • downtown-friendly zoning; and
  • pedestrian friendly design standards and infrastructure.

Common legislative initiatives that aid in downtown revitalization include downtown development authorities, business improvement districts, and Brownfield redevelopment.

SEMCOG continues to research tools, legislation, and best practices regarding downtown revitalization. SEMCOG also partners with the State of Michigan on the Michigan Main Street advisory board as well as with the Michigan Downtowns Association to promote resources and technical assistance to help local communities build and sustain vibrant downtowns.

SEMCOG also provides technical assistance for downtown revitalization through training and workshops. SEMCOG hosted a SEMCOG University on Creating Vibrant Communities through Mixed Use Development in April 2007 focusing on the development typical to dense commercial areas.

For more information on SEMCOG’s efforts in downtown revitalization, contact Naheed Huq.