March 31: The New Normal for Downtowns

The New Normal for Downtowns
A DVRPC Strategies for Older Suburbs Roundtable

Friday, March 31, 2017, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
190 N Independence Mall West, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106

DVRPC’s roundtable series highlights challenges older suburbs and downtowns are facing. The Strategies for Older Suburbs Roundtable Series provides a means for networking and exchanging ideas with similar organizations facing the same concerns. Join us for a workshop with David Milder, DANTH, Inc., who is nationally recognized for his expertise on the new normal for downtowns, the deliberate consumer, multichannel retailing and niche revitalization strategies. The workshop will feature presentations, a question and answer session as well as one-on-one discussions. This event is approved for 2.5 AICP CM credits.

Light lunch will be served


8:30 am – Coffee and Networking

9:00 am – Welcome and Introduction

9:15 am – What is the New Normal for Downtown?

10:00 am – Deep Dive on the Future Growth of Downtown Retail and Central Social Districts


  • What types of entertainment venues are appropriate for small downtowns?
  • What is the retail growth potential for small suburban downtowns?
  • Example of organic quality of life retail recruitment.
  • What are the challenges with traditional retail market research? What other tools are available?

11:45 am – Lunch and Dr. Downtown

Attendees will have the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with David on a specific issue. You must sign up for a Dr. Downtown session when registering for the workshop.

Please contact Karen Cilurso at kpcilurso@dvrpc.org if you have any questions.


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