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The secrets to reviving struggling downtowns? Taller buildings, narrower streets and on-street parking can help

The secrets to reviving struggling downtowns? Taller buildings, narrower streets and on-street parking can help

It was plain to see: The downtown business strip that had so long thrived in Birmingham, Michigan, was struggling. Bob Gibbs, an urban planner and chief executive officer of Birmingham-based Gibbs Planning, pointed to the luxury mall that had opened two miles away and had grabbed the major tenants that had lined downtown Birmingham for years. At the same time, the city had lost 25 percent of its population during the prior decade.