Leadership matters - it's a recurring theme of mine. Grass roots excitement for communities is very important, but someone still has to make decisions and lead. Robert Steuteville writes about one such case study, Berlin, MD:
Berlin, Maryland, was named the "coolest small town" in America by Budget Traveler magazine. Berlin's charm is due to planning decisions in addition to its historic main street.
Town officials invigorated Berlin’s downtown by encouraging property owners to establish businesses combined with livable spaces. Many business owners capitalized on the tax incentives afforded through a state Arts and Entertainment District designation, creating galleries, shops and studios. Others took advantage of historic designations to protect their structures and retain businesses and residences within the downtown.