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Revitalizing Commercial Corridors: Lessons from LISC MetroEdge
Helen Dunlap
Carl Vogel
Abstract

In many low- and moderate-income communities, existing retail strips are underutilized or a shadow of their former selves, with vacant storefronts and a limited range of goods. Coordinated efforts by community-based organizations, local business owners, and municipal partners can create conditions to revitalize these strips and to spur economic growth by upgrading the physical surroundings, supporting existing businesses, attracting new stores, and improving the reputation of the community as a place to shop. As businesses grow, they provide a wider array of retail options to residents, add jobs in the community, and serve as well-maintained physical anchors, improving the use of public space in the neighborhood. Equally important, the process of working to improve the commercial corridor contributes to an overall increase in civic participation and strengthens the sense of community.1


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Helen Dunlap & Carl Vogel, "Revitalizing Commercial Corridors: Lessons from LISC MetroEdge" , Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Cascade, volume 3, number 88, Summer 2015.
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Keywords: neighborhood revitalization; urban planning; low-income; community development
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