What makes a good downtown anchor for a medium size town and downtown in a higher socioeconomic and suburban area? Currently, the most trafficked a
lp's is the best reliable scenario in my experience and also with alot of residential.In this pandemic age, not sure but generally, it is awesome when the largest or larger employment centers are located in the downtown because then supporting, competing, complementary and aligning businesses follow
like if it's a large regional bank, there will be breakfast and lunch spots, stores, other banks, residential that will want to be there
No; everything is suburban. We have a top 50 US art museum https://figgeartmuseum.org/ and a top 5 in Iowa theater https://www.adlertheatre.com/ , but those don't generate the constant traffic a hospital or major clinic would.For a City your size, I'm surprised you don't or at least on the downtown fringe.
That use is another good idea.
I've not had direct experience with ones yet, but my theoretical experience has been that people talk about them all the time, but when the actual numbers are run, nothing happens. It seems that such operations require alot of capable investment and hand holding without a reasonable survivor rate.What about a Business Incubator?
This.definitely make sure public buildings are downtown as anchors, too - city hall, library, courthouses, post office - don't give into the trend of moving them out where there's more parking - just stoppit
We have a few business incubators here in the metro area and they all have shown various levels of success as drivers of economic development. They are all associated with universities but the most successful of the three is the one that is part of the largest of the three universities. The university owns the property and it's a relatively large building in a heavily trafficked area. Beyond the small spaces for upstarts and coworking, there are a couple of "anchor tenants" and some bar/restaurant/coffee shop type places and they've done really good at making sure the tenants in the incubator spaces are working in related industries. I think this has been good at helping collaboration.What about a Business Incubator?