Exploring Downtown Revitalization Efforts in North America

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Single-use office districts in North America were struggling before the pandemic. San Francisco is waking up to the reality that its downtown may not rebound as hoped. What will it take to jump-start an area that for generations has been taken for granted as a key source of city revenues? Philadelphia has incentivized housing in their Center City for two decades. Calgary and Washington DC have recently introduced powerful incentives and policy tools to catalyze transformation of their downtowns. Join us for a conversation with representatives from these cities to learn their vision for the future of downtowns, the potential of office-residential conversions, and other strategies to diversify downtown land uses.
John Bela / Bela Urbanism + Design
Yesim Sayin / D.C. Policy Center
Natalie Marchut / City of Calgary
Prema Gupta / Center City of Philadelphia


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