Field Notes: Ongoing Program

Isaac Kremer/ June 23, 2023/ Civic, Field Notes, placemaking/ 0 comments

Over the last few years I observed how the next town over from where I live has been trying to jumpstart revitalization efforts. The town is Edison and the neighborhood is called Clara Barton. There are a few multi-story buildings but most are single story and spaced out typical of a suburban neighborhood commerical district. In years past planters were deployed and flowers put out. There have also been murals, painted sidewalk pianos and even a few events. During a recent visit I noticed most of the planters were empty. Most people would look at this and simply conclude no one bothered to put plants in. Given it is June and almost July I took a deeper lesson – the necessity for an ongoing program. Project success is not enough. What is needed instead are having people or an organization responsible for caring for, advocating for, and managing a downtown area day in and day out. We recommend for communities to provide funding, and with that to hire dedicated professional staff. This will help to divide rapidly revitalizing communities that those that go on from project to project, sometimes planting flowers and sometimes not.

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About Isaac Kremer

A nationally recognized downtown revitalization leader, downtowns Isaac managed achieved $350 million of investment, 1,300 jobs created, and were 2X Great American Main Street Award Semifinalist and a 1X GAMSA winner in 2023. His work has been featured in Newsday, NJBIZ, ROI-NJ, TapInto, and USA Today. Isaac is a Main Street America Revitalization Professional (MSARP) with additional certifications from the National Parks Service, Project for Public Spaces, and the National Development Council.

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