12 Strategies That Will Transform Your City’s Downtown

Does your city have a long-range downtown plan? Does your city have a downtown development corporation, a downtown alliance, or similar non-profit organization that is focused solely on promoting downtown as a destination for businesses, residents, and development? Does your... More


Many of Springfield’s wealthier residents and its businesses have been migrating to the city’s outer edges for decades. This, coupled with the retrenchment of government, once Springfield’s life-blood, has resulted in a steady decline of the city’s downtown and surrounding... More

Smart Growth Leads to Sustainable Communities (And Why It Matters)

A city that prides itself as being “Always Legendary” should care deeply about its future. On June 16, 1858, Springfield’s beloved Abraham Lincoln famously said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Prior to delivering this historic speech, it was... More

Millennials Want Urban Lifestyle

Springfield is at a crossroad. Since 1960, Springfield has seen its geographic size increase by nearly 200 percent. However, the population has only increased from 85,000 to just shy of 120,000 (roughly 40 percent). A predominant portion of economic and... More

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