Changing the Face of Downtowns

Innovation: The Plant, Back of the Yards-Chicago

Innovation: The Plant, Back of the Yards-Chicago

Oct 17, 2012

CHICAGO- There is an amazing story growing on the edge of the Old Union Stockyards, in the shadow of a soon-to-open Walmart Express, at the old Peer Meat Packing Plant. The first thing you notice from 47th Avenue is the old PEER sign, which after a slight modification, now reads bEER. But once you you turn the corner, and drive past Walmart, you are greeted by...

Food Trucks Drive Local Dining

Food Trucks Drive Local Dining

Sep 24, 2012

We all know that restaurants drive downtown revitalization. But with a median startup cost of $225,000 and average startup cost of over $470,000, getting a new restaurant downtown takes some serious effort mixed with a good dose of crazy. But what about this new food truck trend? Food trucks are not just for big cities anymore. From New York to Portland, these...

Farmers Markets Incubate Grocery Districts

Farmers Markets Incubate Grocery Districts

Sep 21, 2012

Saturday mornings across America, a new tradition is taking hold. Pop-up tents get popped-up, pick-ups get packed up, and the world of Farmers Markets comes to life. We have been pushing the importance of Farmers Markets in downtown revitalization, but it seems like we might have only focused on the short view. What are the next steps? What happens after you...

Dig Down in the Deep Delta

Dig Down in the Deep Delta

Sep 19, 2012

The world has come to know a very special place called the Mississippi Delta, a place that inspired the Blues, shapes southern cuisine, and is still intimately connected with the land. International travelers explore our backroads, and discover the true America that exists between Memphis and New Orleans. The America that shaped new types of music and influenced...

Downtown Lake Orion, Michigan Partners with Brewpub

Downtown Lake Orion, Michigan Partners with Brewpub

Sep 19, 2012

The 51 North Brewery at 51 N. Broadway is a major development on its own, but the fact that it is moving into a massive, historic, downtown building that had no takers for several years makes it an even greater success, says Suzanne Perreault, executive director of the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority. After the micro brewery owner, an accomplished...