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Understanding Strategies and Tactics in Commercial Corridor Revitalization

As a grassroots, citizen-led organization, the Selby Avenue Action Coalition has limited background on commercial corridor redevelopment and limited capacity to research what has been effective in other contexts.  The goal of this project is to help the group (and hopefully the researcher) better understand strategies, tools, and tactics that have been used in other commercial corridors outside the Twin Cities to encourage economic investment while leveraging cultural assets.  The student researcher will review and summarize both foundational and contemporary literature on general strategies, practices, and tools used to advance corridor revitalization.  The researcher will also identify at least three successfully revitalized commercial corridors similar to Selby Avenue located in neighborhoods with a similar demographic profile to the Summit-University neighborhood. The researcher will review academic and periodical accounts of these efforts as well as conduct and summarize distance interviews with organizational and community leaders behind efforts in other cities.  The researcher will identify and describe similarities and differences in strategic plans that have been implemented in other cities.

Project Award Date: 
2012-09-23
Community organization or agency: 
Selby Avenue Action Coalition
CURA Contact: 
Neeraj Mehta (612) 624-8988