ARTICLES WE'VE WRITTEN
"Investing in Main Street's Future", Main Street Now, Summer 201
"Cool Economic Development Tools", Main Street News, November/December 2010
"Community-Owned Businesses: How Communities Become Entrepreneurs", Main Street Now, March-April 2010
"Greening Main Street Businesses" and "Greening Main Street Buildings", Main Street News, April 2009
"Historic Tax Credits to the Rescue", Communities and Banking, Fall 2008
"You Say You Want a Devolution? Lessons from the Main Street Program", Local Economy, February 2008
"Historic Preservation Meets Community Development", Communities and Banking, Summer 2007
"Public-Private Development Finance", Main Street News, May 2007
"Recycling Main Street", Planning Commissioners Journal, Fall 2006
"Rescuing and Rehabilitating Historic Main Street Theatres", Main Street News, September 2006
"Surveys", Main Street News, September 2005
"Sizing Up Main Street", Planning Commissioners Journal, Spring 2005
"Why Downtowns (Should) Matter to Planning Commissioners", Planning Commissioners Journal, Winter 2004-2005
"Seven Keys to Main Street Success", Let's Talk Business, August 2004
"The Road Ahead", Main Street News, June 2004
"The Future of Main Street", Main Street News, July 2003
"The New Markets Tax Credits: An Introduction", Main Street News, September 2002
"Chains on Main", Main Street News, September 2001
"The Last Picture Show", Main Street News, June 2001
"Measuring Main Street", Main Street News, March 2001
"Ultimate Work Planning", Main Street News, December 1998
"Cover Me!", Main Street News, August 1999
"Show Me the Money!: Raising Money for Main Street Revitalization, Main Street News, March 1998
"Keeping the Post Office Downtown", Preservation Forum Journal, July/August 1997
"Revitalizing Singapore's Chinatown", Economic Developments Abroad, Winter 1996
"Main Street at 15", Preservation Forum Journal, Spring 1995
BOOKS WE RECOMMEND
Way too long to list! There are lots of great books relevant to downtown and neighborhood commercial revitalization. Click HERE for our ongoing list, with our reviews.
These books were written by Josh or Kennedy, or they include chapters by one of us:
Revitalizing Main Street: A Practitioner's Guide to Comprehensive Commercial District Revitalization, edited by Andrea Dono. 2009, National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Community Design Assessment: A Citizens Planning Tool, by Kennedy Smith and Leslie Tucker. 2006, National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Better Models for Urban Supermarkets, by William Neuendorf and Kennedy Smith. 2005, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Click here for our Flickr photo albums of storefronts, signs, shops, and other commercial district features. You're welcome to use any or all of them without compensation, for nonprofit purposes; just please credit them to CLUE Group, LLC.
Click here to see Kennedy's presentation at the 2012 CityWorks (x)po.
Click the links below to see Kennedy's presentation at the 2011 CityWorks (x)po, in Roanoke, Virginia:
Here are some TEDx talks particularly relevant to commercial district revitalization:
Zipcar founder Robin Chase talks about the sharing economy.
Author James Howard Kunstler talks about the tragedy of the suburbs.
Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute talks about the importance of unique places.
Stacy Mitchell (Institute for Local Self Reliance) talks about the damage done to local economies by big-box discount stores.
Author and planner Jeff Speck talks about walkability and downtowns.
Entrepreneur Dave Troy talks about what mapping tweets tells us about how people use cities.