Strong, vibrant downtowns are a critical asset for the entire regional economy.
Many small and midsize legacy cities have a great asset in their historic downtowns. Because the fate of central cities and their regions are so closely intertwined, downtown redevelopment should be a focus of regional revitalization efforts.
Community Reuse Property Prioritization Tool ➔
This tool is designed to help communities prioritize properties based on a specific reuse plan.
The Guidebook for Redeveloping Commercial Vacant Properties ➔
Commercial vacant properties in legacy cities present both unique challenges and promise.
Regional Collaboration Toolkit ➔
Economies function on a regional level, so smaller legacy city stakeholders will need to work closely with partners across their region to develop and execute economic development strategies.
Main Street America ➔
Main Street America is a network 1,600 neighborhoods and commercial districts that share a commitment to building stronger communities.
Historic Preservation Tax Credits ➔
Historic buildings are assets to smaller legacy cities – but funding their renovation can be difficult.
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) ➔
Business Improvement Districts can clean up a city’s central commercial district and open the door for private investment.
The Economic Impacts of Main Street in Michigan ➔
For every $1 invested in the statewide Main Street Center, Michigan Main Street districts saw downtown building investment of $67.