Phase 1: Introduction and Overview

Introduction to Course

Urban Neighborhood Decline: Causes, Consequences, Challenges


Introduction to Main Street Sites/Issues

Directors of Mission Hill and Egleston Square Main Street programs to present their district, goals and issues to the class.


Physical and Economic Tools I: Urban Design - Ways of Seeing/Architecture

Economic Development - Theories of Retail/Identifying Retail Niches

Assignment 1 due 
4 Revitalization Strategies I and II  

Field Trip

Bus leaves 77 Mass Avenue at 8:10am sharp. Visit Mission Hill and then Egleston Square. Each site will be toured with manager and in topic groups.

6 Project Discussion  
Phase 2: Assessment Tools
7 Economic Planning Tools II: Retail Market Analysis and Economic Planning  
8 Physical Design Tools II: Streetscape  
9 Economic Planning Tools III: Asset and Capacity Assessment  
10 Physical Design Tools III: Image and Neighborhood Form  
11 Egleston Square Team Presentation  
12 Mission Hill Team Presentation  


In-class Work - Proposals for moving forward


Synthesis (cont.)

In-class Work - Proposals for moving forward

Draft chapter of report - inventory and analysis due 
15 Client Presentations  
Phase 3: Policies and Interventions
16 Policies and Interventions I: Marketing and Promotion  
17 Policies and Interventions II: Business Development, Retention, and Attraction  
18 Policies and Interventions III: Development  
19 Policies and Interventions IV: Transit-Oriented Development  
20 Policies and Interventions V: Design and Zoning Guidelines  
21 Policies and Interventions VI: Safety and Sanitation  
22 Client Presentations  
23 Policies and Interventions VII: Organization and Capacity Building Draft outline of plan elements and summary of implementation requirements and main street program’s roles due
Phase 4: The Plans

Synthesis - Ideas

In-class Working Session


Synthesis - Elements of the Plan

In-class Working Session


Synthesis- Final Plan Integration, Key Findings and Themes

In-class Working Session

27 Presentation of Draft Plans  
28 Presentation of Draft Plans (cont.)  
29 Presentations of Final Plans to Clients  
30 Course Conclusion/Reflections  
31 Final Reports/Plans Three copies of the final report/plans due 

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2003
Learning Resource Types
Lecture Notes
Written Assignments with Examples