Association chief administrative officer Udo Rauk says the state of the downtown
core presents an "image of the city itself."
As if to prove this point, the transformed Pershing Square, the traditional civic space of Downtown
Los Angeles, was opened with enthusiastic celebrations on February 6, only 20 days after the devastating earthquake that measured 8.6 on the Richter scale.
restaurants do a brisk business in the evening.
Using the impetus of these new projects, downtown
leaders are committed to developing and advancing plans to increase occupancy and attract a variety of commercial and residential uses to downtown
has been very successful in revitalizing downtowns
of all sizes, from coast to coast because it is built on the following critical convictions:
In addition, Aurora Downtown
hosts Wednesdays at the Plaza, a free summer concert series at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue; Alley Art Festival, a local artisan fair on the last Saturday in August along Water Street Mall; Stolp Island Egg Hunt; and Aurora Kite Festival.
Several factors are attracting business people to downtown
Springfield, including its relatively cheaper rents and utility rates compared to Eugene.
While those participating in the meetings agreed that downtown
New London has seen vast improvements over the past nine years, some of the same issues that were present in 2001 were also discussed--remaining vacant store fronts, the desire for additional foot traffic, insufficient street parking for downtown
residents, limited public transportation to access downtown
including the disconnect between local colleges and the downtown
district and inconvenient traffic flow for both residents and visitors.
As part of its current plan to attract new business as well as a stronger customer base, city council approved a downtown
loan program on Nov.29.
Even before this, however, Ross says his company understood the need for a clean downtown
area and for protecting the river and took steps to improve the appearance of the site.
The major downtown
development includes hotels, apartments, and shops.
These reactions are indicative of the types of customers that downtown
commercial interests have tried to attract throughout the tumultuous lives of twentieth century downtown