Outdoor music venues can be engines of economic growth

Effective downtown development involves a mixture of thoughtful infrastructure improvements, community planning, and careful consideration of the types and mix of businesses that could lead to an increased “multiplier effect” of economic activity. Last week I discussed brew pubs as a model of downtown development that also encourages community building by providing places where people […]

Brewpubs can be essential for community development

Downtown redevelopment comes in many forms, but some reuses have an impact measured not just in economic terms but also social and community impact. These projects contribute directly or indirectly to community building. For instance, a coffee shop impacts the local environment by producing a space where people gather, converse, and linger for a while. […]