Developing a revitalization strategy for the Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna
Easton 2035 Comprehensive Plan
Located on the banks of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers in eastern Pennsylvania, the City of Easton suffered significant population and business losses from the 1960s to 1980s before undergoing a revitalization in recent years. To maintain this momentum and manage and guide growth in the near and mid-term future of the city, AKRF provided economic analysis for an updated Comprehensive Plan as part of a consultant team. We identified current real estate and market trends, such as the influx of young families who bring new activity and expenditures to the town, and helped urban planners identify infill opportunities and programming elements that would strengthen the downtown retail environment. The resulting redevelopment and revitalization recommendations capitalized on existing strengths and prioritized projects based on their community impact and implementation costs.