One of the ways we’re going to strengthen downtown is by engaging the area college students. They are the future entrepreneurs, the ones who might stay here after graduation and open businesses. They have disposable income that they are spending elsewhere for everything but dining. In spring 2011, we conducted the first of what will become an annual survey and we heard from more than 400 students about what they think about downtown and what they’d like to see downtown. Click here to see the highlights of their responses.
In the fall of 2011, we held our first community meeting to share the Downtown 2020 vision and get input on our plans. The response was very positive with more than 100 people sharing their ideas. Click here to see the presentation.
So, more than 1000 voices later and one year into the plan, we are changing downtown Beverly to be an even better place to live, work, shop, play and experience. The vision is starting to become a reality! Click here to see the latest updates.
Community Meeting on Aug 21, 2012 - At the meeting we talked about:
- planning an Arts & Cultural District downtown
- redesigning Ellis Square
- why a tax increment financing ("TIF") plan will benefit the city and residents
- partnering with Harvard University
- creating a business improvement district
- sprucing up Keniston Square, and much more!
Kennedy Smith, our Downtown 2020 consultant and one of Planetizen's top 50 urban thinkers in the world, joined us to share her thoughts on our progress and what might come next.