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Downtown Strategy

The Downtown Strategy is a 10-year plan that guides the development of projects in Downtown, based on core principles taking into account the current-day challenges, opportunities, and desires of Downtown stakeholders and the community at large. The decade-long strategy sets forth a vision and implementation projects to improve Downtown Louisville and spur economic growth.

In the first phase of the 2023 Downtown Strategy, LDP has been on a listening tour with Downtown stakeholders. We have met with more than 50 organizations and hosted more than 300 people at focus groups and public meetings to hear what people are seeking in the future of Louisville’s Downtown and to receive input on what is important for outcomes in the next decade of development.

Downtown Strategy November Public Meetings
November Meetings

November 14, 2023

The input that we have received from downtown stakeholders has been extremely valuable, enabling our team to craft a set of common principles that reflect the type of downtown we’d all like to see, high priority areas of focus, attention to the public realm, and transforming downtown into more of a complete neighborhood. In the second set of public meetings, we discussed our findings to date and preliminary recommendations.

Watch the videos below of our expert panels where we discuss trends and areas of interest with national industry leaders.

Downtown Strategy Second Virtual Panel
“Social Infrastructure A Key to the Vitality of our Cities”

September 22, 2023

There is a critical role that “social infrastructure” plays in Downtowns to add vitality, economic development, and ability to attract people. Such social infrastructure, as embodied in – among other things – the quality, inclusiveness, and sense of place of our public realm, is as important a part of downtown’s development strategy as any other initiative.

PANELISTS
August Williams-Eynon, Manager of Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance and the Urban Resilience team.
Yuxiang Luo, Director at JLP+D, where he guides urban and economic development strategies for public, private, and non-profit clients across North America.
Kären Haley, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the nationally recognized 8.1-mile urban shared-use linear park located in downtown Indianapolis.

Downtown Strategy Virtual Panel
“Downtown After the Pandemic: A New Paradigm?”

June 19, 2023

The assembled panel includes nationally renowned urbanists to discuss and provide an overview of the state of downtowns, addressing both the challenges that we all face as well as new opportunities that have arisen in response to these changing conditions.

PANELISTS
David Downey, President and CEO of the International Downtown Association (IDA), the largest professional association of downtowns in the nation
Mallory Baches, President of the Congress of New Urbanism (CNU), the nation’s most distinguished assembly of urban thinkers
Laurie Volk, Principal of Zimmerman-Volk Associates, the foremost analyst of urban residential markets in the country
James Lima, Principal of James Lima Planning + Development, a firm advising and guiding communities across North America on high impact place-based initiatives