How to Revitalize a Deserted City Center

I’ve highlighted the Renew Newcastle initiative in Newcastle, Australia multiple times before. It’s one of the most innovative urban revitalization projects in the world. They convinced landlords of vacant buildings in a nearly deserted downtown to loan out space to creative entrepreneurs. The results were magic.

Marcus Westbury instigated the project and wrote it up in his fantastic book Creating Cities. I was able to get time with him during a recent visit to New York to record a podcast about Renew Newcastle. If the audio embed doesn’t display below, click over to listen on Soundcloud.

If you haven’t already, please leave a podcast rating on iTunes because this helps people discover it. Thanks to those of you who’ve already done this.

Subscribe to the podcastvia iTunes | Soundcloud.

Cover image by Tim Keegan – CC BY-SA 2.0

from Aaron M. Renn


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