Learning the lessons of Lowell

Monday, September 10, 2007

Lowell, Massachusetts has often been held out as a success story in urban regeneration in the United States.

The basic strategy focused on building big projects: publicly-led economic development. These projects included, for example, a riverfront baseball stadium. Now, however, people are beginning to reassess the Lowell strategy. Read more.

Standing alone, publicly-led projects generate few jobs. That is, I think, the major lesson of Lowell. Based on my experience in the transformation of Oklahoma City, successful regeneration needs publicly-led strategies that are closely coordinated with privately-led strategies.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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