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March Madness is upon us. Whether you are a college basketball fan or not, you can’t help but be aware of it, as the headlines change from Sweet 16 to Elite 8 and Final 4. However, all along the way, one of the most endearing story lines year after year is related to the underdogs […]


The red carpet. The lights. The photo backdrop. During this time of year, whether it’s the Grammies, the Golden Globes, or the Oscars, the arrival experience is on center stage. And it’s no different on your campus. Over the winter months, we’ve been occupied with many campus entry projects, working to maximize the impact of […]


Wayfair. Crate and Barrel. IKEA. Kirkland’s. The Container Store. West Elm.     Home accessorizing is big business. And lucky you ”“ not only do you have a home to decorate, you also have an entire downtown. (Did I say lucky you?) Site furnishings in your downtown are the bells and whistles that can really […]


Let’s jump right to the heart of the issue this month. We’re talking about paving and we’re talking mostly to communities in Pennsylvania ”¦ where it snows ”¦ a lot. Need we say more? Of course we need to say more! Now I’ll concede to all the arguments you will make about clearing sidewalks, frost […]

flags and banners

Picture this: An entire neighborhood that puts out identical American flags every Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Fourth of July. A downtown with coordinated OPEN flags at every shop, café, and restaurant. Why do these scenes speak to us? A show of unity. A liberal splash of color. A way to elevate the eyes. An […]


A marigold in a paper cup. A fistful of wildflowers in a mason jar. The first daffodils of spring. Flowers don’t have to be elaborate or complicated to make an impact. And your downtown will be better off if you keep that, and a few other tips and tricks in mind through all the seasons […]


Now that summer is officially here, most of us have hit our stride as far as outdoor activities go. For sure, the grill has been put to good use. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Fridays have welcomed swelling crowds into our downtowns. Brown-bag fans have staked out their favorite picnic table, bench, or seat wall to […]


Light is varied.   sunlight, starlight, moonlight Light is rousing.   blinded by the light, turn on your heartlight, you light up my life Light is inspiring. Desmond Tutu tells us: Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. From Charles Dickens: It was one of those March days […]