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Student Corner: University Contributions to Municipal Service Districts in NC

May 3, 2018

One tool that local governments utilize in order to promote revitalization and growth in communities across North Carolina involve the use of Municipal Service District (MSD) taxation revenue. MSDs are designated areas, usually within a municipality’s central business district or other area of inter … Continued

Maintenance of vacant or neglected commercial buildings: options for NC local governments

March 20, 2018

UPDATE 2021: Some statutory provisions referenced in the original post were relocated to new Chapter 160D of the North Carolina General Statutes, effective January 1, 2021. This post has been updated with the new statutory references. The downtown buildings in the Town of Old Well have “good bones.” … Continued

Student Corner: Downtown Revitalization Achieved through Transit Development: Raleigh’s Union Station and the Warehouse District

February 21, 2018

In October 2017, travel, entertainment, and food website Thrillist ranked Raleigh’s Warehouse District among “12 neighborhoods across America that are about to get crazy popular.” Matt Meltzer wrote, “Next year, the $80 million Union Station opens up, turning the warehouse district into Raleigh’s tr … Continued

Student Corner: How Asheville Revitalized its Downtown: Part II

December 7, 2017

Asheville, North Carolina is increasingly lauded for its mountain views, restaurants, craft beer, and art scene.  It seems like Asheville is always on a “best” list – most recently, it was touted as the number one best place to visit in the US in 2017 by Lonely Planet. But just what factors explain … Continued

Student Corner: Multiplex in Morganton: The Mimosa Theatre

October 26, 2017

At the corner of Union and Green in Morganton’s historic downtown sits the Marquee Cinemas Mimosa 7 multiplex movie theater. You would be hard-pressed to find a 7-screen first-run downtown movie theater in this day and age in a North Carolina town with a population of about 16,000. You would also be … Continued

Student Corner: How Asheville Revitalized its Downtown: Part I

October 19, 2017

Asheville, North Carolina – “New Age Mecca,” “San Francisco of the East,” “Land of the Sky,” “New Freak Capital,” and “America’s Happiest City.” These are just some of the nicknames that Asheville enjoys, due to its more recent prominence in the social, economic, and political domains of North Carol … Continued

Student Corner: The Grasshoppers’ Stadium is a Homerun for Downtown Greensboro

August 17, 2017

When the Greensboro Grasshoppers threw out their first pitch at their new stadium on April 3, 2005, it was still uncertain what the impact of the stadium would be on the greater downtown.  The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation of Greater Greensboro took a leap of faith in building the $22.5 million stadium … Continued

Student Corner: An Innovation District in Downtown Durham: Will It Mean Gentrification? Not Necessarily…

July 13, 2017

On March 16, 2017, Longfellow Real Estate Partners, in partnership with Duke University and Measurement Inc., broke ground on the first phase of new construction on the Durham Innovation District, or Durham.ID, in downtown. Durham.ID describes itself as “1.7M square feet of possibility nestled among … Continued

Student Corner: The Challenges of Movie Theater Redevelopment

May 2, 2017

In the age of video-on-demand and digital projection, many movie theaters across the world have found themselves stuck in the past, struggling to adapt to the advancements in technology and consumer reference. With the costs associated with transitioning theaters into fully functioning digital cinem … Continued

Student Corner: One City, Two Public Markets: Case Studies of Success and Failure in Portland, Maine

February 9, 2017

Public Markets are often used as a tool in downtown revitalization. They are attractive uses for vacant building with large footprints and bring high value and high-demand local food options to consumers, drive foot traffic, and catalyze new development. In the last 20 years, Portland, Maine, has se … Continued