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Abstract of the initiative

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The case study in brief (What is the case study, max 15 rows)

The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District is a non-profit corporation created by over 500 property and business owners committed to achieving downtown’s full potential as a vibrant and thriving destination – that is to boost an attractive area which was starting to sag. It works toward this goal by providing programs and services that will increase business activity, enhance property values and attract further investment in the area; at the same time, it works to improve and maintain the physical space (through landscaping, consistent design, new street furniture) and to create a clean, welcoming, safe and vibrant environment. Trough economic development functions and marketing activities, the Downtown BID supports property owners, brokers, leasing agents and businesses in their efforts to recruit and retain tenants, retailers, employers, residents, customers and visitors to Downtown Boston. The Challenge (Why the case worth discussing, max 5 rows)

The Downtown Boston BID was proposed in order to offer supplemental services to revitalize and support long-term enhanced maintenance of the area, where the mix of commercial, retail, hospitality, nonprofit institutional and residential property in the area demand a higher level of services than the City provides. The Downtown Boston BID has been established after 15 challenging years and after many failed attempts and it represents the strength of a solid finally achieved partnership. The Context (Salient points about the environment and the circumstances affecting the issues at hand, max 10 rows)

The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District serves a 34-block area which includes the Downtown Crossing (the retail center of the district), the Ladder District (known for its popular restaurants and nightlife), the Theater District (the historic district where three architectural treasures – the Paramount, the Modern Theatre and the Boston Opera House – were restored to their original glory), part of the Financial District. This district – a major hub of Boston public transportation network – is both a local and international crossroad; it offers a wide range of amenities, historic architecture, residential living, state-of-the-art office spaces, retail options, cultural, dining and entertainment choices. It is known for its walkability, as well as its proximity to government institutions and major convention centers; moreover, the district is the link between the Olmsted-designed parklands, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Boston Waterfront, as well as the new Seaport Innovation District. The Strategy (Brief description of the approach adopted to address the challenges, max 10 rows)

The Downtown Boston BID intends to revitalize the downtown area in order to make it a neighborhood – a true urban experience where people live, shop, work, play and meet; from this point of view, the initiative promote a wide beautification of the area (Hospitality and Cleaning), based on what already exists in the area – unique aspects that should always be a part of the neighborhood, like density, diversity, and an urban, youthful feel. On the other hand, aiming at promoting a general economic revitalization, the Downtown Boston BID serves as a resource for business relocation and to help connect business owners to the many resources available from the City of Boston (such as Neighborhood Restaurant Initiative, ReStore Boston, Boston Buying Power, Boston Invests in Growth, Partners with Non-Profits, Boston Industrial Development Financing Authority, and Boston Local Development Corporation).


Work progress wp1 survey forms  

Urban Regeneration, PPP Public Private Partnership, Economic Development Strategies, Smart Specialisation Strategies, Community, Cluster, Ur...

Work progress wp1 survey forms  

Urban Regeneration, PPP Public Private Partnership, Economic Development Strategies, Smart Specialisation Strategies, Community, Cluster, Ur...