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Latinx Immigration, Entrepreneurship, and Downtown Development

Downtown Economics Newsletter – JANUARY, 2021. Before the pandemic, Latinx[1] entrepreneurs in numerous communities filled vacant downtowns with new businesses like grocery stores, restaurants, and variety stores. These new businesses contributed to increased economic activity and attracted foot traffic by bringing consumers back to the central business district and often appealing to a broad regional […]

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The Changing Facades of Downtown

Downtown Economics Newsletter — APRIL, 2020.  The Changing Facades of Downtown: A La Crosse, Wisconsin Success Story.  By Andrea Schnick, Economic Development Planner, City of La Crosse.


Current Trends in Retail

Downtown Economics Newsletter — DECEMBER, 2019.  Current Trends in Retail:  Looking Ahead to 2020 and Beyond.  Summarized by Karina Ward collaborating with Bill Ryan and an ad hoc workgroup.


Walkability Means Better Business

Downtown Economics Newsletter — JULY, 2019. Walkability Means Better Business Written by Katherine A. Westaby, AICP, Planner/Community Development Specialist, City of Platteville, Wisconsin. Contributors: Todd Johnson and Jennifer Stephany. Reviewers Pam Parish and Mary McPhetridge.


Downtown Development Strategies

Downtown Economics Newsletter — APRIL, 2018. Downtown Development Strategies: Assessing the Priorities of Illinois Municipal Leaders. A summary of research by Norman Walzer, Mim Evans, and Michael Aquino, Northern Illinois University.


Retail at the End of 2017

Perspectives from N. David Milder, PhD — Overall, consumer demand and behavior have changed significantly over the past decade.  At the end of 2017, those changes are having a lasting impact on the industry.

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Downtown Economics Newsletter – MARCH, 2016. Storemageddon: The end of retail as we know it.
An ever-larger number of communities are investing their economic development resources into attraction programs targeting retail and related businesses.