Downtown Development Principles for Small Cities Kent Robertson
Cities across the United States, regardless of population size, geographic location, or economic base, have been actively engaged in downtown development activities for many years. Cities large and small see a healthy core as integral to their overall heritage, tax base, sense of community, identity, economic development appeal, and image. However, as Burayidi has indicated in chapter one, most of the attention in the media and scholarly publications has focused on downtown revitalization in large cities the likes of Denver, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Seattle. Downtowns in small cities with populations under 100,000 have received minimal attention despite the fact that for every Seattle there are scores of smaller cities that can boast equally impressive downtown success stories. While downtown development in large and small cities share some common elements, it is important to understand the most critical components of successful downtown development salient specifically to small cities.