Unfortunately, there is not a silver-bullet solution that will solve all the problems that a downtown faces throughout its lifetime. However, what we do know is, that a downtown is a complex organism with many moving parts. Therefore, a dynamic comprehensive approach has to be custom-designed to address downtown Rock Island’s needs.
To best prepare our downtown for future success, we must preserve our historic and cultural heritage while also embracing an ever-changing environment. We must be tolerant of all people, inclusive of every business person and ensure we provide each of them with greatest chance for success. As the highest-trafficked space in the city, an emphasis on aesthetics, cleanliness and safety must be a top priority. Lastly, our buildings, streets and shared spaces must also accommodate a variety of uses and needs.
While it may seem like everyone is somehow connected by today’s technologies, a renewed effort will also need to be made in order to raise awareness of the area itself, as well as informing and educating our residents, community stakeholders and visitors on what is happening in downtown through various mediums.
Below are the main activities of a 9-point approach to aid in synchronizing a revitalization strategy in downtown Rock Island. On the following page, you will find a detailed outline of each activity.