Streetsense Announces the Release of Vibrant Retail Streets Toolkit

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Partners with D.C. Office of Planning to Produce an Innovative, “Do-It-Yourself” Document

The District of Columbia has all the ingredients to be an extraordinary retail city. The Vibrant Retail Streets Toolkit provides the framework to help achieve this vision.

- Harriet Tregoning, Director, D.C. Office of Planning

Streetsense of Bethesda, Maryland joins the D.C. Office of Planning in announcing the release of the D.C. Vibrant Retail Streets Toolkit.

Developed in conjunction with the D.C. Office of Planning, the D.C. Vibrant Retail Streets Toolkit provides a “do-it-yourself,” step-by-step guide for residents, retailers, and community leaders to evaluate and improve the commercial corridors in their neighborhoods.

“We concluded that a vibrant retail street is a neighborhood’s core,” stated Heather Arnold, Streetsense’s Director of Research & Analysis. “It is managed, retail-appropriate, mixed, safe, championed, anchored, walkable, and unified. Most importantly, a vibrant retail street is treasured by its residents, customers, and retailers whose daily actions ensure its enduring vitality.”

“The District of Columbia has all the ingredients to be an extraordinary retail city,” according to Harriet Tregoning, Director of D.C.’s Office of Planning. “The Vibrant Retail Streets Toolkit provides the framework to help achieve this vision.”

The Vibrant Streets Toolkit began with identifying the common elements shared by the world’s great, small-scale shopping and destination retail streets. Following an extensive survey of “best practices” in retail development from across the country, the document explains the process various retailers undertake to select sites in urban neighborhoods. The research culminated in the creation of an unprecedented tool that can be tailored to individual retail streets to address their specific needs.

“We look to the future with anticipation and excitement for this long-awaited plan of action to unfold, and to see it expand on a national level,” said Marc Ratner, Chief Operating Officer of Streetsense. “I am certain that this document will inspire other towns, cities, and states to discover the roadmap for building their very own vibrant streets and ignite the passion to make them happen.”

To download the report or to learn more about the Vibrant Streets initiative and how you can implement a plan for action in your community, visit

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