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Retail and downtown issues are changing with Internet buying growing in importance. Consequently, local public officials are exploring alternative strategies and approaches to update the roles played by downtown areas to make them match the interests and preferences of residents. The changes include adding entertainment options, local arts and crafts, residential options, co-working opportunities, and linking with unique nearby attractions such as recreational areas. This article by Norman Walzer, Mim Evans and Michael Aquino, of CGS, reports the results of a statewide survey of Illinois mayors on innovative strategies used in enhancing downtowns.
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Walzer, Norman; Evans, Mim; and Aquino, Michael, "Downtown Development Strategies in Illinois: Assessing the Priorities of Municipal Leaders in Illinois" (2017). Reports, Whitepapers, Articles, and Other Publications. 12.
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