Downtown Connellsville: Working Toward the Rebirth Of A City

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Fayette County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Fayette County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2008, Connellsville officials started to work on a multi-municipal plan that included South Connellsville and Connellsville Township.

The first meeting with consultants was held at the Porter Theater (which had not yet been refurbished).

The team from Mullin and Lonergan led those in attendance in an exercise that identified “Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.”

Based on the discussion and elements identified that night, it was thought that a Main Street Program would be the best way to approach revitalization of the community.

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Easton Farmers Market Booming A Decade After Hitting Bottom

Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College

Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Easton, PA – On any given Saturday from May to November, you can race zucchini, chow on hot peppers and glory in the goodness of the tomato at the Easton Farmers Market.

This year the 260-year-old market boasts 45 vendors, 20 more on a waiting list and will draw more than 50,000 people into the city’s Centre Square. It’s hard to imagine that 10 years ago its lone vendor, Gloria Raub, passed away and almost took the market with her.

“When Raub died,” said state Rep. Bob Freeman D-Northampton. “I was deeply concerned that the market would just disappear.”

Instead of vanishing, the market bloomed as its backers found the right niche and a formula that attracted producers and consumers back to Centre Square – it also didn’t hurt that a movement toward localiy-grown food gained momentum at the same time.

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Main Street USA

This is an except from an article that appeared on MSN today about urban renewal, vibrant downtowns and what makes them tick.  This particular section I really liked:

Main Street
Columbus, Miss.

Huck's at night // Huck's Place at night, Coilumbus, Miss. \\ Courtesy Main Street Columbus(Courtesy Main Street Columbus)

Huck’s Place in Columbus, Miss., occupies pride of place on Fifth Street South, one of the major streets in a town whose planners saw the value in housing units above downtown businesses. (Courtesy Main Street Columbus)

Look closely at the urban-renewal renaissance and you’ll discover certain key characteristics like terrace seating, broad sidewalks and street art. While each of these helps establish the appeal of the streetscape, perhaps the most important component is experienced by a very few visitors: second floor residential dwellings. The planners in Columbus understood the importance of a neighborhood that doesn’t roll up its sidewalks at night, renovating more upper-floor housing units than any other Mississippi community. Not bad for a city of just under 26,000 people. The celebrations begin with Market Street Festival in early May and the Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market is open three days a week. The musically inclined gather for Afternoon and Noon Tunes at various times of the year, and The Columbus Riverwalk, a citizen’s initiative, recently entered its second decade.

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