The Town Square Initiative

The Town Square Initiative (TSI) is a program at the THC that provides specialized assistance to help revitalize historic downtowns. Working as an affiliate of the Texas Main Street Program, an interdisciplinary team addresses complex downtown problems in communities across Texas. We work closely and long-term at the local level to remove development barriers, change political conditions, and ultimately create momentum for quality redevelopment projects. This is done primarily through designing and facilitating planning processes and assisting with project implementation.

Our technical assistance includes:

  • Conceptual design and financial feasibility studies.
  • Downtown action planning to address development barriers in order to make it easier for local property owners and entrepreneurs to invest in their downtowns.TSI assisting a property owner on a possible loft conversion in Harlingen, 2016.
  • Efforts to increase and influence the market exposure of available properties in downtowns across Texas including strategies to attract investors and new building stewards who value historic architecture and the qualities of place.
  • Advanced research and collaborative problem-solving for priority downtown topics in order to develop best practices and shared education materials that can have a broad positive impact on local policy and decision-making. These priority topics include upper floor residential, local/small-scale development, and the impact of state highway design standards on main streets.

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  • Community meetings in Alpine while working on a downtown inventory to populate