City of Wilkes-Barre: Comprehensive Planning for Open Space Redevelopment

Report National Resource Network Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania October 20, 2015 Economic Development

In 2015, the National Resource Network partnered with the City of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to assess challenges facing the economic growth and vibrancy of the city’s downtown area, including crime. Following a recent rash of violence, the Network connected City leaders with resources at the U.S. Department of Justice to explore crime reduction strategies. The Network’s initial assessment also identified Public Square, a three-acre park at the heart and geographic center of downtown, as a major opportunity for downtown revitalization. The Network’s assessment was followed closely by a more targeted engagement that focused on Public Square. In this phase, the Network developed a capital and operation and maintenance funding strategy for the redevelopment of the open space.

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City of Wilkes-Barre: Comprehensive Planning for Open Space Redevelopment

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