64.6: Rediscover Downtown Across the nation, downtowns are the heartbeats of communities. Visitors evaluate the core of a city, whether they’re tourists, potential investors, or professionals considering relocation. By promoting a vibrant Fort Smith downtown, we’re not competing against businesses in other parts of town. Instead, we’re elevating our collective image, from afar and here at home.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s a man named Andres Duany and his architectural partners formulated the principles of new urbanism. These principles seek to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment by developing mixed-use, smart growth communities that encompass all aspects of life within walkable neighborhoods.