RETHINKING THE POLITICS OF DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT
In the political science literature, downtown redevelopment has long been seen as the project of a region's economic elites. But in recent years, large corporations, banks, and department stores have in many cases abandoned central business districts, and downtowns are now more likely to be developed as centers of entertainment and culture, or as residential districts. This article posits that changing downtown land uses are accompanied by changes in the downtown influence structure, with nonprofit sector and real estate industry leaders now dominating downtown business organizations.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of South Florida
Publication date: February 1, 2008