Revitalizing Urban Main Streets: Hyde/Jackson Square & Roslindale Square, Boston

Two artistic illustrations of gateways.

Vision for new gateways to Roslindale Village (above) and Jackson Square (below). (Image courtesy of the studio. Used with permission)


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Spring 2005



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This course focuses on the physical and economic renewal of urban neighborhood Main Streets by combining classroom work with an applied class project. The course content covers four broad areas:

  1. an overview of the causes for urban business district decline, the challenges faced in revitalization and the type of revitalization strategies employed;
  2. the physical and economic development planning tools used to understand and assess urban Main Streets from physical design and economic development perspectives;
  3. the policies, interventions, and investments used to foster urban commercial revitalization; and
  4. the formulation of a revitalization plan for an urban commercial district.

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Karl Seidman, and Susan Silberberg. 11.439 Revitalizing Urban Main Streets: Hyde/Jackson Square & Roslindale Square, Boston. Spring 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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